Registration priority is being given to Amador County child care providers and preschool staff! Register by September 4. Call First 5 Amador for the online registration link, at 257-1092... or click on link above for flyer. RSVP link is listed on the flyer.
Presented by Lisa Agajanian. This webinar will provide an introduction to the Outdoor Classroom, why it is needed, what it is, and how it works. Space is limited. For more information and to RSVP by September 25, call The Resource Connection at 754-1075.
Since our Toddler Playgroups follow the ACUSD schedule, playgroups are currently on hold until further notice. However, our fantastic playgroup coordinators have put together some amazing activity to-go kits for local kids aged 0-5, for you to PICK UP, AND TAKE HOME.
Continuing into the Fall, kits will be available for pick up twice a month, with a different kit each time! Click link above, or see below, for new flyer with updated dates of distribution.Catch us next DURING THE WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER 8 and 21! Please pick up your kit on the regularly scheduled days, times, and locations listed on the flyer.
Please note: Monday the 7th is a HOLIDAY, so no curbside pick-ups will take place on that day. Camanche's pick-ups will take place on Tuesday the 8th, instead. All other days/locations remain the same as listed.
Supplies are limited, and are available to Amador County children on a first-come, first-served basis. One kit per child, aged 0-5.
Presented by First 5 Amador Playgroup Coordinator and Master Teacher, Heather Hall. Upon full completion of workshop, all 'Amador Quality for Kids' participants will receive a bag full of materials needed to help you implement this curriculum into your program! One bag per site. Please RSVP at 257-1092, and provide your email address. Zoom link will be provided upon RSVP. Click link above, or see below, for flyer.
September is Baby Safety Month
Parents and caregivers have many responsibilities, but keeping baby safe and healthy is a number one priority! Whether you are expecting your first baby, are a child care provider, adding to your growing family, or are a grandparent, now is an ideal time to put into action some simple steps to keep baby safe. By following the guidelines in the link and video below, you can ensure that you are creating a safe space for your baby to grow, learn and play.
Click here for guidelines on baby safety, and click
on the 'play' button below!
Spend Time Outdoors with a
With the coming of Fall and slightly cooler weather, it will be the perfect time to get outdoors with your young children. A fun and fulfilling way to do this, is by taking a NATURE WALK. Young children love to spend time with the adults in their life, and they love to explore in nature. Put on some comfortable shoes, grab a bucket or basket, and head out the door. Your neighborhood can provide an adventurous walk, or you can find a safe walking trail just outside of town, or in the woods. Allow your child to carry their own bucket/basket, and encourage them to fill it with whatever strikes their fancy on your walk. Talk about what you find, ask your child to look closely at their treasures and tell you what they see. Guide your child to look along the ground as they walk, and also to look "up"... into the trees, into the bushes, up at the sky. Talk more about what they see... the colors, the sounds, the smells. To further expand on your adventure, you can print out and take the chart below with you, or fill it out after you get back home. Try to schedule a walk like this on a regular basis... you'll be creating treasured memories at the same time!
Every Monday on our Facebook page, we feature new "Tips of the Week!" Each week, these tips are based around a book from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library... a different book every week (photo of book is always pictured at the top of the flyer, below). If you don't have the book at home, we always include a link so you can watch, listen, and follow along with the story online. Be sure to "like" our Facebook page, and check for these Tips every Monday!
Sign up your child for the Imagination Library today and start receiving one free book every month (link is listed below)! This is a FREE program, paid for by First 5 Amador and donations from local individuals and service organizations. 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.
Meet Jamie Wedge ~ participant of 'Amador Quality for Kids'...
Hi, my name is Jamie Wedge and I am in my 6th year of running a licensed family child care home - Sunnyhill Daycare in Jackson.
My family and I owned a small sporting goods store and when the company made it harder to keep open in a small town, I decided to follow my passion and teach children. Running your own child care business is not easy, but the best part is meeting other child care providers who share the same passion as me.
What I enjoy most about "Amador Quality for Kids" is that I can take child development classes and professional growth workshops on my own time, and in return First 5 Amador helps me by supplying educational toys, games, and stipends for my child care program. I love that Shannon Puente (Quality for Kids P.E.E.R. support) is just a phone call away if I ever have a question. It's nice to have another program that supports child care providers in Amador County.
Jamie has been a very active participant of "Amador Quality for Kids" for the past few years, and completed over 105 professional development hours during this last fiscal year!
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. These questionnaires are available to parents of children aged 0-5, and to child care providers.
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 or to request an ASQ, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.
We can connect child care providers with a home visitor who can visit you virtually at your child care facility, train you in the use of the ASQ's, and help guide you in how to use them in your programs!
P.S. Have you seen the ad below on the side of a local Amador County
Rapid Transit bus? Watch for it!
Healthy Snacks for Kids - September
Kid-Friendly Baked Apples
1/4 cup oats, dry
1/4 cup flour, all-purpose
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger, ground
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
4 medium apples
4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or caramel (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wash your hands.
In a bowl add the first 7 ingredients, and use your hands to mix well.
Peel and core the apples, and cut each in half. Place them in a baking dish, face up, and fill each apple with an even amount of oats. Pack it lightly until heaped over the top. Drizzle with cream or caramel. Bake for 40 minutes or until filling is golden and apple is soft.
Cool for 10 minutes, then serve; add more cream if desired.
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
Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age.
Join Amador County's favorite reading club!
Get free books for your children!
Over 800Amador County kids are receiving books each month!
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).