Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Learn to Speak Spanish - Jan 9 thru Feb 6

New Learn to Speak Spanish classes will be starting up with the new year! This 5 week course will be starting in 2 weeks, on Tuesday, January 9th, at 5:30pm. Tag someone who might be interested!
Please contact Josh from ACRA by Phone (209-223-6349) or E-mail ( if you’re interested or have questions.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Dad & Me: Let's Get Moving at Boston Alley Fitness - Sat Jan 27

Dad & Me
Saturday, January 27
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Boston Alley Fitness
43 Boston Alley, Sutter Creek
Calling all dads, grandpas, uncles, etc. Join us for a morning of fun activities for children aged 0-5 years old! Let's visit Boston Alley Fitness and have a fun and active morning. Jump on the giant trampoline, in the foam pit, and tumble around to the music! Enjoy story-time, a snack, and bring home a free book! Please call First 5 Amador to RSVP, at 257-1092.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December at the Amador County Library

The Main Branch in Jackson will have two special Story Times in December:

The first is Story Time for the birds.  Meet wild birds of Amador County presented by Tri-County Wildlife on Thursday December 14th 10:30 am to 11:30 am. See a Saw Whet Owl, Screech Owl, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Peregrine Falcon, and a Swainson Hawk.  Learn where they live, what they eat, and where to see them in the wild.  This is for all ages.

The second special Story Time is Holiday Jingles with Miss Tasha on Thursday December 21st 10:30 am to 11:00 am.  Join Miss Tasha for an entertaining interactive story time.

Story Time at our Ione Branch is every Monday morning at 10:00 am.  For more information please call the branch at 274-2560

Story Time at our Main Branch in Jackson is every Thursday morning at 10:30 am.  For more information please call the branch at 223-6400.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

First 5 Amador - November 2017

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher!
Ready ... Set ... Grow!
November 2017
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Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 18, 10:00am-12:00pm.  
Call to save your spot! (209) 257-1092 

for Child Care Providers
Thursday, November 16, 5:30-8:00pm
Please RSVP to 257-1092

Life Work's Workshop
Self-Empowerment Workshop
November 17, 9:00am-12:00pm  or
November 27, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Call 223-6315 to RSVP and for more information.

Friday, December 8, 5:30-8:00pm

Second Wednesday of each month.
Call for location, 223-1624, x204.
Third Wednesday each month, 6:00-7:30pm. 
Call 256-3691 or 257-1092 for more information. 

All Playgroups run from 9:30-11:30am on the following weekdays at the given locations:
Mondays - Camanche 
Tuesdays - Jackson  *NEW LOCATION*
First 5 Amador , 975 Broadway
Wednesdays - Ione

November is World Prematurity Awareness Month
November 17 is World Prematurity Awareness Day 

November 17 is World Prematurity Day when we focus everyone's attention on the global problem of premature birth. Join us in raising awareness.

World Prematurity Day is observed each year to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. Approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year, accounting for about one in 10 of all babies born worldwide.

Premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. Babies born too early may have more health issues than babies born on time, and may face long-term health problems that affect the brain, the lungs, hearing or vision. World Prematurity Day on November 17 raises awareness of this serious health crisis. Throughout the month we draw attention to the lifesaving research, treatments and community support made possible when we work together to give every baby a fighting chance.

This is a critical moment in our fight. In 2016, the nation's preterm birth rate worsened for the first time in eight years. Check out the latest March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card to see how the United States has taken a step backward. The current U.S. preterm birth rate is 9.6 percent - that's a "C" grade amidst widening differences in prematurity rates across races and ethnicities. These Report Card grades give us a snapshot of the work we have yet to do.

You can take action to support the global movement, help raise awareness, and easily get involved by going purple - that includes wearing purple to represent the March of Dimes and prematurity awareness, lighting your home or office purple and getting creative to inspire others to raise awareness by going purple.

Thank you to the March of Dimes for this important information for the basis for this article.
Dad and 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 on the fourth Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm. Story time, a snack and a free book are provided each month!

This month join us at the Amador County Model Railroad Museum! Come out to learn all about trains!

Saturday, November 18, 10:00am-12:00pm.
See the FLYER with all the information.

Call (209) 257-1092 to save your spot!

Upcoming Opportunities:  

A Quality Improvement Planning Night!
Thursday, November 16, 5:30-8:00pm
Print the flyer HERE.
Light dinner will be served, free child care provided.
Please RSVP to (209) 257-1092.


Provider Spotlight

Each month we will be featuring a local child care provider
 that is participating in the IMPACT Quality for Kids Program.

My name is Shannon Blake.  I am a college graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis 
Obispo, with a degree in  Human Development.  I have been in the Early Childhood field for over 20 years.  Currently, I am a State Preschool Teacher for the Amador County Office of Education.  I have been employed with them for 17 years. 

In 2016 I decided to participate in My Teaching Partner.  I didn't exactly know what I was getting into, but I knew that I wanted a fresh start and new ideas/approaches to bring to the classroom.  Initially, I had set two goals for myself, 1. To give each child a "voice" and 2. To be a better communicator/listener with the children.  Throughout the process of My Teaching Partner, I far exceeded my goals and learned more than I had ever expected.  The following are a few examples that I was able to bring back and incorporate into the classroom:
*Positive climate in the classroom - Laughter, smiles and a place where  
children wanted to be!

*Attentive and responsive to children's needs - Teacher sensitivity!
*State clear expectations for behaviors, and give attention to positive behaviors in the classroom
*Bringing "real world" connections to the children through science, art, and food related projects
*Providing individual feedback and encouragement to each child
*Asking open ended questions, using repetition and extension, along with providing advanced language (my personal favorite)

Language, language, language is so incredibly important in the classroom; and taking the time to listen to each individual child.  I absolutely love asking children questions and giving them the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas.  There is no wrong answer in preschool - but, you can guide them to the right the answer.

I am truly thankful to have been a part of the My Teaching Partner process.  I use it daily in my classroom and I will continue to use it as long as I am teaching!                


Get Involved! 

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.

Healthy QUICK TIPS of the MONTH

Fun Thanksgiving Snack Idea!

Create a fun display for your Thanksgiving table with these fruit cornucopias. A great activity to keep the kids busy, set them up with cones and fruit and let them create their own. The cornucopia, or the horn of plenty, is a symbol of abundance and nourishment and has become a Thanksgiving staple.

  • 4 waffle cones
  • 1/2  an apple, sliced
  • 2 mandarins, peeled, segmented
  • 1 cup green grapes
Fill cones with apples, oranges and grapes. Place on platter for serving.

   ILibaryCalling all children 0 to 5 years of age.   
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
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Over 800 Amador kids and counting! 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,
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!
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First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for children 0-5 years old and their Families. 
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First 5 Amador, PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642