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 WEEK OF OCTOBER 19!Please pick up your kit on the regularly scheduled days, times, and locations listed on the flyer. Supplies are limited, and are available to Amador County children on a first-come, first-served basis. One kit per child, aged 0-5.
Join Nexus Youth & Family Services for their interactive and supportive Fall Series to learn and strengthen practical, proven, and positive parenting skills. Open to all parents in Amador County. Registration is required, click on link above for flyer, and more information.
Child Care Providers
Be on the look-out for updated information on this year's "Amador Quality for Kids" program! Information on renewing (or signing up for the first time) your participation for this new fiscal year will be emailed out within the next week or two. For questions and more information on ways that your child care program can benefit, please give us a call at 257-1092.
Free Covid-19 PPE Supply Drive-Thru Event
Saturday, October 10 & Thursday, October 15
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
1 Prosperity Court, Sutter Creek
For licensed family child care providers, preschool centers, and other business owners in Amador County! See flyer, below.
Participants will learn how to protect the children in their care, their property, and themselves. For more information and to register, please click link above for flyer. Attending this workshop will count towards professional development hours for 'Amador Quality for Kids.' Some limitations apply.
This Protective Factor addresses the importance of helping children become more capable of handling life's challenges - socially and emotionally - as they grow. For more information and to register, please click link above for flyer. Attending this workshop will count towards professional development hours for 'Amador Quality for Kids.' Some limitations apply.
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, pick up on Monday, November 2 (see below).Please RSVP at 257-1092 or here, and provide your email address. Zoom link will be provided upon RSVP. Click link above, or see below, for flyer. Attending this workshop will count towards professional development hours for 'Amador Quality for Kids.' Some limitations apply.
Provider Supplies Curbside Pick-Up Event
Monday, November 2
5:00 - 7:00 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
Open to ALL licensed family child care providers and preschool centers. Stop by and grab some high-demand disinfectant cleaning supplies, disinfectant wipes, masks, hand sanitizer, etc.
ALSO, for those who attend October 28th's Full Circle Curriculum Zoom workshop, pick up your bag full of incentive materials on this date as well (one bag per site). For questions, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.
Join the California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) for a variety of workshops this Fall, via Zoom. These upcoming virtual training opportunities will focus on the Preschool Learning Foundations, Frameworks and CDE’s newly released document. These events are free and Zoom links with all handouts/materials will be made available to registered participants through email within a week of the registered training. Click link above, or see below, for flyer. Attending this workshop will count towards professional development hours for 'Amador Quality for Kids.' Some limitations apply.
Apple Monster Snacks
3 Granny Smith apples, quartered (or any crisp apple). Peeled, if preferred
4 strawberries, sliced
Using a paring knife, cut the middles of the quartered apples to look like mouths. Eat the middles (so not to waste!). Spread the mouths with a little bit of peanut butter and stick the sunflower seeds into the apple to create teeth.
To make the tongue, place a strawberry slice into the mouth. Then use a dab of peanut butter on the back of the googly eyes to adhere to the apple. Serve and enjoy!
Sign up your child for the Imagination Library today and start receiving one free book every month! 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 0-5 (from birth until their 5th birthday)! Click here to get signed up.
October is Dental Hygiene Month
How to Prevent Tooth
Decay in Your Baby
Baby teeth are important. If baby teeth are lost too early, the teeth that are left may move and not leave any room for adult teeth to come in. Also, if tooth decay is not prevented, it can be costly to treat, cause pain, and lead to life-threatening infections.
Tooth decay (called early childhood caries) is the most common chronic infectious disease of childhood. Tooth decay may also be called nursing caries or baby bottle tooth decay.
Healthy dental habits should begin early because tooth decay can develop as soon as the first tooth comes in. Here is information for parents and caregivers from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about causes of tooth decay, signs of tooth decay, and how to prevent tooth decay.
Causes of Tooth Decay in Babies
Tooth decay develops when a baby's mouth is infected by acid-producing bacteria. Parents and caregivers can pass bacteria to babies through saliva. For example, bacteria is spread by sharing saliva on spoons or cups, testing foods before feeding them to babies, and cleaning off a pacifier in the parent's or caregiver's mouth.
Tooth decay also develops when the child's teeth and gums are exposed to any liquid or food other than water for long periods or frequently throughout the day. Natural or added sugars in the liquid or food are changed to acid by bacteria in the mouth. This acid then dissolves the outer part of the teeth, causing them to decay.
The most common way this happens is when parents put their children to bed with a bottle of formula, milk, juice (even when mixed with water), soft drinks (soda, pop), sugar water, or sugared drinks. It can also occur when children are allowed to frequently drink anything other than water from a sippy cup or bottle during the day or night. Milk should be served only with meals and not offered throughout the day, at nap time or at bedtime. Although extended and frequent breastfeeding alone does not cause tooth decay, all breastfeeding mothers should be aware of and follow oral hygiene, fluoride, preventive dental care, and healthy diet recommendations.
Signs of Tooth Decay in Babies
Tooth decay might first appear as white spots at the gum line on the upper front teeth. These spots are hard to see at first—even for a child's doctor or dentist—without proper equipment. A child with tooth decay needs to be examined and treated early to stop the decay from spreading and to prevent further damage.
Take the following steps to prevent tooth decay:
Take good care of your own oral health even before your baby is born. It is important and OK to see a dentist for oral care while you are pregnant.
Whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle-feed, it is important to take good care of your baby's teeth.
Birth to 12 months: Keep your baby's mouth clean by gently wiping the gums with a clean baby washcloth. Once you see the first teeth, gently brush using a soft baby toothbrush and a smear (grain of rice) of fluoride toothpaste.
12 to 36 months: Brush your child's teeth 2 times per day for 2 minutes. Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste until your child's third birthday. The best times to brush are after breakfast and before bed.
Never put your child to bed with a bottle or food. This not only exposes your child's teeth to sugars but can also put your child at risk for ear infections and choking.
Do not use a bottle or sippy cup as a pacifier or let your child walk around with or drink from one for long periods. If your child wants to have the bottle or sippy cup in between meals, fill it with only water.
Check to see if your water is fluoridated. Your child will benefit from drinking water with fluoride in it. If your tap water comes from a well or another non-fluoridated source, your child's doctor or dentist may want to have a water sample tested for natural fluoride content. If your tap water does not have enough fluoride, your child's doctor or dentist may prescribe a fluoride supplement. He or she may also apply fluoride varnish to your child's teeth to protect them from decay.
Teach your child to drink from a regular cup as soon as possible, preferably by 12 to 15 months of age. Drinking from a cup is less likely to cause liquid to collect around the teeth. Also, a cup cannot be taken to bed.
If your child must have a bottle or sippy cup for long periods, fill it with water only. During car rides, offer only water if your child is thirsty.
Limit the amount of sweet or sticky foods your child eats, such as candy, gummies, cookies, Fruit Roll-Ups, or cookies. Sugar is in foods like crackers and chips too. These foods are especially bad if your child snacks on them a lot. They should be eaten only at mealtime. Teach your child to use his tongue to clean food immediately off the teeth.
Serve juice only during meals or not at all. The AAP does not recommend juice for babies younger than 6 months. If juice is given to babies between 6 to 12 months, it should be limited to 4 ounces per day and should be diluted with water (half water, half juice). For children 1 to 6 years, any juice served should be limited to 4 to 6 ounces per day.
Make an appointment to have your child see the dentist before the age of 1. If you have concerns, the dentist can see your child sooner. If no dentist is available to see your child by age 1, your pediatrician can look inside of your child's mouth, apply fluoride varnish, and talk with you about how to keep her healthy.
Locally, call 223-6407 if you need help finding a dentist.