With school out and the weather heating up, we've compiled a few tips to keep your children safe and healthy over the summer:
Make time for water breaks. When your child is active this summer, remember to have them take breaks often to prevent dehydration. Carry a refillable water bottle so that you and your family have water on the go.
Don't forget routines during the summer. Try structuring daily routines for your family and children. For example, choose a day of the week or weekend to visit the pool or play at the park. Routines help young children develop a sense of family stability and belonging.
Keep reading every day! A child's reading ability can decline over the summer when school is not in session. Keep learning all summer long and encourage your child to read 20 minutes every day, either with you, a family member, or on their own if they are able.
Celebrate being a dad (or uncle, or grandpa...) every month at our Dad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county!
Join us for this month's Dad & Me event... Let's Make Art! There will be paint, water color, and clay to get creative with!
Come and help your child create their very own art project, enjoy a free book and snacks, AND receive a new "Dad & Me Explorers" ball-cap for both you and your child! Open to ALL children aged 0-5 and their dad, grandpa, uncle, etc... and all FREE!
Saturday, July 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm.
Upcountry Community Center
19386 Hwy 88, Pine Grove
Call (209) 257-1092 to save your spot!
Save the fourth Saturday of every month for more outings held at fun venues around the county. Story time, a snack and a free book are provided each month!
Little Free Libraries
Did you know we now have over 25 Little Free Libraries in Amador County?
From Camanche to Buckhorn, from River Pines to Jackson, find one near you. Little Free Libraries offer a way to share good things to read: books that intrigue, books that teach, books that are fun!
Whose libraries are these?
They belong to everybody: neighbors, friends, people we don't even know yet. Anyone can use them. That's why we want to take care of them.
Share a book: after you read a book, bring it to any Little Free Library, and bring other books from home too that you would like to share.
Take a book: if you see a book you would like to read, take it, and then bring it back for someone else to read when you're done.
And that's it!
To print out the latest map with all of the locations in Amador County click HERE.
Are you pregnant?
Do you have a newborn?
Or do you know someone
in Amador County who
recently had a baby?
Call Donna to arrange delivery or pick up of a gift from First 5 and sign up to receive free books mailed directly to your child,
Calling all Child Care Providers
& Preschool Teachers!
Are you a family child care provider or preschool center staff participating in Amador "Quality for Kids?"
If you need to accrue professional development hours, you can earn a stipend through Quality for Kids.
Check out these upcoming workshops below, as well as these fantastic, short, ONLINE workshops!
Below is a link to a Quality Counts California survey for child care providers and preschool teachers. If you could take a moment to complete the survey, it would help us here at First 5 to let the state know how and if IMPACT / Q4K supports you in your career and at your site.
... by taking your children to well-child and dental check ups and also, by doing an "ASQ."
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) is a way to make sure your child is "on track." The screening tools are designed to be completed by parents or primary caregivers, that encourage parent-caregiver involvement.
Each questionnaire can be completed in 10-20 minutes, and is divided into five areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Personal-Social.
The benefit for all children and families is so that parents/caregivers know which areas they can focus on at home with their children.
For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.
Would you like to improve the quality of care you offer to children in your family child care home, preschool setting, or other early learning environment?
Give us a call at First 5 and find out about the many resources (and incentives!) available to you, (209) 257-1092.
Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every
month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, paid for by First 5 Amador and donations from local individuals and service organizations locally. Books are available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).