Monday, February 10, 2020

First 5 Amador - Feb 2020



As a parent, you are your child's first 
and most important teacher!

Ready ... Set ... Grow!
FEBRUARY 2020

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Upcoming Events

* Click on links below, to see each flyer...




Tuesday, February 11
6:00 - 8:00 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
To RSVP - call 257-1092

Sierra Region Learning Community
Thursday, February 13
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson

Wednesday, February 19
5:30 - 8:00 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
To RSVP - call 257-1092


Wednesday, February 19
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Jackson Elementary School


Saturday, February 22
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Boston Alley Fitness, Sutter Creek
To RSVP - call 257-1092

Wednesday, March 11
6:00 - 8:00 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
To RSVP - call 257-1092

Wednesday, April 1
5:30 - 8:00 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
To RSVP - call 257-1092


Saturday, April 25
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Argonaut High School, Jackson
For more information, call the Amador Child Care Council at 257-5338. Click on link above, for flyer. 


Kick-off to Kindergarten evenings
2020-2021 School Year
Click HERE for the schedule at each Amador County elementary school. Come and meet your school's principal and kindergarten teacher, and learn more about how to get your child ready for kindergarten! 



Ongoing Events:

* Click on links below, to see each flyer...
Toddler Playgroups
Free and open to everyone! Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar.


School Readiness Programs
Openings in Pine Grovefollows the ACUSD calendar. 


Children's Weekly Story Times
Amador County Library, Jackson Branch
Click HERE for February's schedule


February is Children's Dental Health Month!

Don't forget to use the"2x2" Rule when reminding your children about dental care... help your children brush their teeth 2 times a day, for 2 minutes each time

All families who complete the Brushing Calendar below for the month of February, and submits it to First 5 Amador, will be entered to win an electric toothbrush! Submissions are due by Friday, March 6. Please send it in to:
PO Box 815
Jackson, CA 95642
OR
Post it under our Children's Dental Health Month post on Facebook HERE, or send to us in a private Facebook message. 


Link to calendar -  Brushing Calendar


(For more information on Children's Dental Health Month, 
Classic Nursery Rhyme of the Month 

Lavender's Blue 

Singing nursery rhymes together with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers is a great way to help with language development. The rhythm and repetition of the words help children to recognize and reuse the words. This song is a classic British lullaby that has been a favorite for generations...

  
Lavender's blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender's green
When you are king, dilly dilly,
I shall be queen.

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
'Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so.

Call up your friends, dilly, dilly
Set them to work
Some to the plough, dilly dilly,
Some to the fork.

Some to the hay, dilly dilly,
Some to thresh corn
Whilst you and I, dilly dilly,
Keep ourselves warm.

Lavender's blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender's green
When you are king, dilly dilly,
I shall be queen.

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
'Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so.

Do you have any childhood favorites? Let us know! We'd love to share them here.
You can also visit our Facebook page  to share them, or share photos of you and your baby together.
Together we can build a community of bright and confident children!
Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age - get 
free books for your children!

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).
All you have to do is read to your child!   

For more information and to register online, click HERE.
    

dadandme
'Dad & Me' Every Month!

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... 

at the Boston Alley Fitness!


Saturday, February 22
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Print the flyer HERE.

Open to ALL children aged 0-5 and their dad, grandpa, uncle, etc... and all FREE! 


Save the 4th Saturday of every month for more 'Dad & Me' outings! 

Story time, a snack and a free book are provided each month!


Calling all Child Care Providers 
& Preschool Teachers!
Are you a family child care provider or preschool center staff participating in 
"Amador Quality for Kids?" 

You can earn a variety of impressive stipends through Quality for Kids. 
Call First 5 Amador for more details, and be sure to join us at any of the workshops listed above!

Signing up for "Amador Quality for Kids" is easy! Just contact First 5 Amador 
at 257-1092, or email erika@first5amador.com 

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To start interacting with fellow local family child care providers on Facebook, ask to join Shannon's discussion group. Click the link, below...

First 5 Amador is also partnering with Shannon on the new 
"Reflec2t With Coaching Companion." This is now available to all local preschool teachers, and family child care providers who are participating in Amador Quality for Kids. Providers can earn a $1,000 incentive for completing all 12 cycles! For more information see flyer below, and contact Shannon at (209) 403-3366.



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Provider Profile 

Hi! I'm Sara Dentone and I'm a family child care provider in Plymouth. I've provided care in the Plymouth area for over 12 years. I started studying early childhood education years ago through a program called CARES that was similar to the new program, Amador Quality for Kids. I have 40 units of childhood education and many workshop learning hours in my knowledge base. As a provider having the knowledge of early childhood development is important not only for providing quality care for kids, but also a valuable tool in helping parents and families to raise their children. 
I appreciate the support of the Quality for Kids program and the resources it 
provides for child care providers

A few months ago, Sara agreed to allow local FCCERS (Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale) trainees observe and assess her family child care home. As a result of this partnership, these trainees were able to observe Sara's program and important aspects of maintaining a FCCERS-friendly program, and Sara earned a stipend through Amador Quality for Kids. To check out Sara's Facebook page for her family child care business, click the link below...



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How can you give kids the best start in life? 
... 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
             
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 Child Care Provider Tool Kit  for Supporting Breastfeeding Families 
Click the link above for a helpful toolkit that is designed to help child care centers, family child care programs, and in-home caregivers support 
breastfeeding families.
  
Healthy Snacks for Kids ~ February 

Cupid's Cloud Parfait 

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (optional)
  • 6 cups strawberry yogurt 
  • 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 6 whole fresh strawberries
     
Directions

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the chopped strawberries with the sugar. Divide the strawberries into six 6-oz. jelly jars or clear juice glasses.
2.  Thinly slice 3 fresh strawberries and press slices firmly into glasses just above the chopped strawberries. Spoon the yogurt on top.
3.  To make the garnish, use a paring knife to cut a v-shaped notch across the top of each whole strawberry (removing the stems in the process). Cut each strawberry in half, and top off each parfait with a strawberry heart.

  


The Amador Network of Care community web site and community announcements page is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about behavioral health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with community resources or behavioral health issues, the Network of Care helps you find what you need - it helps ensure that there is "No Wrong Door" for those who need services. 






One day, California's success 
will be measured by the 
well-being of its youngest children.

 Click HERE to check out the California Parent Guide, from First 5 California! This Guide includes what you need to know to help your child grow up healthy and thrive.




Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age.
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
Get free books for your children!

Over 750  Amador kids are receiving books each month! 

Imagination Library Logo
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).
All you have to do is read to your child!   


      
For more information click HERE.

It's Our Job as Adults to Keep Kids Safe

Stay up to date on all the news and information about keeping our kids safe from abuse and neglect. Sign up for the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
First 5 Amador | (209) 257-1092 | www.first5amador.com
PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway | Jackson, CA 95642
First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for children 0-5 years old and their Families.
For more information call us at (209) 257-1092, visit our website,and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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First 5 Amador, PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

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