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First 5 Amador - December 2015

December 2015

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Christmas at the HUB
Nov 27/28
Saturdays, Dec. 5, 12, 19
206B Main St., Jackson

For December, come to First 5's annual Children' s Holiday Festival for a fun Dad and Me activity! 
First 5 Amador
Friday, Dec 11
975 Broadway, Jackson
Grief and Loss Group for parents who have lost a pregnancy or infant.
Wednesday, Dec. 16
(3rd Wednesday each month)

Decorate Your Own Gingerbread House

Friday, Dec. 18 
The HUB, 206B Main St., Jackson

Preschool Developmental Screenings 
Save the Date:
Wednesday, Jan. 13
More details coming soon!   

Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar and are offered on the following days:
Thursdays-Pine Grove

For more listings, please visit our Calendar.

Family Time and the Holidays
Remember, spending quality time with your children this holiday season is a priceless gift - your time and attention cost nothing and mean everything.

The holiday season means busy
schedules and than can mean it's a challenge to find time to spend together as a family. But quality time is important because when parents learn and play with their children every day, it boosts a child's self-esteem and helps kids develop positive relationships.  
First 5 Amador encourages parents as well as grandparents and caregivers to give the gift of quality time.  
  • Start a tradition. Plan a family meal at least once a week -- even more often if you can. Eating together provides a wonderful opportunity to talk with your children about their day and show them that they are your top priority. Get children involved by giving them age-appropriate tasks like setting the table, tossing the salad, and cleaning up.
  • Open a book daily. Help your child's imagination soar by reading favorite stories together. Point out fun things you see in picture books and let your toddler turn the pages.  
  • Host a weekly family fun night. On cold or rainy days, turn off the TV and computer, and get creative. Set up a row of chairs and role-play as a bus driver or train conductor; enjoy a game of musical chairs; or use everyday items like cardboard boxes, glue and cotton balls to create pieces of art.
  • Go outside for physical activity. Go for a walk, play catch, ride bikes around the neighborhood or visit the park. It's a chance to spend time together as well as squeeze in a healthy dose of active play!
  • Make every moment count. Above all, use every moment together to learn from and listen to your child, even when taking care of every day errands. Young children love to help -- take your children grocery shopping and let them pick out fruits and vegetables while you ask about favorite foods. When driving, point to colors and shapes, and ask your child to count trees or read simple signs.         

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News & Announcements

Children's Holiday Festival 
Winter Holidays Around the World  

This year join us for our 14th annual
Children's Holiday Festival on
Friday, December 12,from 5:30 - 8:00pm
at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center,
975 Broadway, Jackson.

(to print the flyer click HERE) 

Don't forget to bring a donation for
the Interfaith Food Bank! Items that are
helpful for families with children include:
canned fruit, pasta, boxed meals, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cereal, rice,
and cereal/granola bars, and diapers.

Program Spotlight

Improving Children's Oral Health  

in Amador County

This month, Dr. Stone and Mindy Epperson of Sutter Amador Pediatrics and Nina Machado of First 5 were asked to testify at a Little Hoover Commission hearing at the State Capitol regarding Amador County's ideas for improving oral health services for children in a rural county.  The work of Amador's Oral Health Task Force including the new service which provides fluoride varnish at well-child checkups in the Sutter Pediatric office was shared with the Commission and a room full of individuals interested in hearing about and sharing strategies for improving the oral health of children and adults in California.

"Dental caries is the most common chronic disease in children in the United States. It is 4 times more common than childhood asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever."  (National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey)

Learn more about the Little Hoover Commission.

To schedule a well-child check-up and learn more about Sutter Amador Hospital Pediatrics click here.

For more information about the importance of preventative oral health care for young children visit these websites:
Children's Oral Health 
   First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for
children 0-5 years old and their families.

For more information please visit our website:
or call us at (209) 257-1092.
As a parent, you are your child's first & most important teacher!
Save money on books for your children--get them for free!  Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book a month from the Imagination Library.  This is a free program, available to all Amador County children 0-4 (from birth until their fifth birthday).  

All you have to do is read to your child!
For more information click here.

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