Thursday, January 19, 2017

Kick Off To Kindergarten events scheduled through April

Is your child starting Kindergarten this year? (August 2017) Are you and your child ready? You are invited to an evening at your NEW school! First 5 Amador and School District staff will answer questions and help you prepare for this big step.Offered at ALL Amador County elementary schools.

For more information, and to RSVP for free child care, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092. See entire schedule below.
Ione Elementary - Tuesday, January 31
Sutter Creek Primary - Wednesday, February 15
Pine Grove Elementary - Wednesday, March 29
Pioneer Elementary - Thursday, March 30

Plymouth Elementary - Thursday, April 6

Thursday, January 12, 2017

First 5 Amador - January 2017

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher!
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January 2017
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Upcoming Events

Child Care Licensing Orientation - Amador County
Thursday, January 12, 9:30am-1:00pm
Call 223-1624 for more information and to RSVP.

6:00-7:00pm at each elementary school: 
Jackson - January 18
Ione - January 31
Sutter Creek - February15
Pine Grove - March 29
Pioneer - March 30
Plymouth - April 6 
Dad and Me* 
*This month the 3rd Saturday! 
Saturday, January 21, 10:00am-12:00pm
Boston Alley Fitness, 43 Boston Alley, Sutter Creek
Call 257-1092 to save your spot! 

Preschool Developmental Screenings
Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 12:00-4:00pm 
975 Broadway, Jackson 
Call 257-1092 to make an appointment.

Connection Children's Play to S.T.E.A.M.
Thursday, January 266:00-8:00pm 
Call 223-1624, x201 for more information and to RSVP.

Transforming the Difficult Child
Saturday, January 28, 10:00am-4:00pm 
975 Broadway, Jackson 
Call 257-1092 to RSVP and for child care.
Third Wednesday each month, 6:00-7:30pm
Sutter Amador Outpatient Bldg, Mountain Room. Call 257-1092 for more information. 
Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar.
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For more listings, please visit our Calendar.

Kick Off to Kindergarten!  

Kickoff to Kindergarten nights are held each year at all six elementary schools within the Amador County Unified School District. During these sessions parents have the opportunity to learn more about the expectations of their children entering kindergarten in the fall. The meetings are facilitated by First 5 Amador's Program Coordinator and either the principal or a kindergarten teacher from the school.      
Each meeting includes:
  • Information on kindergarten enrollment  & eligibility
  • Overview of school readiness skills & First 5 Amador's "Bridge to Kindergarten" Calendar
  • A Question & Answer session with kindergarten teachers and/or school principals
  • Activity kits full of school readiness tools
  • Free books to take home along with a lesson on "Dialogic Reading"
  • Review of Ages & Stages Questionnaires
  • Overview of the summer "Bridge to Kindergarten" transition program
  • Healthy snacks
This event is geared towards parents and caregivers. Sign-ups are not required, but please call ahead if free child care is needed, at 257-1092.

The next round of Kickoff to Kindergarten nights will take place at each of the elementary schools:    
Jackson:  Wednesday, January 18  
Ione:  Tuesday, January 31 
Sutter Creek:  Wednesday, February 15
Pine Grove:  Wednesday, March 29  

 here to print out the flyer.
Dad and Me Every Month!

Celebrate being a dad every month at our Dad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county.  This month join Dad and Me at Boston Alley in Sutter Creek!

Click HERE for the flyer with all the information.

"Play with me?"
But what if I'm just not a playful parent?
Do you know about Hand in Hand Parenting?

The Hand in Hand Parenting approach, Parenting by Connection, helps families build a stronger parent-child connection. This strong emotional bond is the hallmark of happy, well-adjusted families. It's also the soundest way to a better society.

Recent research shows that regardless of background, a close parent-child connection throughout childhood and beyond is the strongest factor in preventing a variety of health and social problems, including young people's involvement in drugs, violence, and unintended pregnancies.

We are sharing here one of their recent articles that addresses the importance of - and the sometimes challenges of - playing with our children.

"Will you play with me?" 

That one question is asked at least 100 times a day in most houses, by kids to their parents.
Time and time again we hear that play improves connections. Greys Anatomy-creator (and former workaholic) Shonda Rhimes did a whole Ted Talk on how play impacted her life as a parent. Hand in Hand promotes two tools where parents join their children in play. Larry Cohen has two books devoted to playful parenting, and kindergarten teachers use play to help kids release stress and fear.
Hand in Hand promotes two tools where parents join their children in play: Special Time where we give our child our undivided attention and follow their lead, playing what ever they want to play, and Playlistening where we playfully set limits around icky behavior. Both tools deepen our connection and lead to much more cooperation.
Play works. But play is hard.Between washing clothes, washing dishes or working grown up jobs not many of us have the energy to instantly drop the wet sock, pick up the truck, and vroom, vroom, vroom across the carpet.
Sometimes we want to play, but it feels like we don't know how to. As parents, we understand play's importance and we want to be more playful, but we just can't. Which is when we begin to ask, "What if I'm just not a "playful parent?"
Hand in Hand Certified Instructor Kathy Gordon says that many parents find it hard to get down on their child's level and play at some point. Most often, this has to do with feelings about play that remain from childhood. One parent-to-parent tool called Listening Partnerships can help us to explore those old feelings and beliefs, after that, try stealing from comedy's finest!

Start out exploring with your listening partner what play was like when you were small:
1. Did anyone play with you?
2. Were you intentionally left out of play?
3. Did you get in trouble when you were playful or silly?
4. Did adults you know ever play with children?
5. Do you remember a really fun time when an adult played with you?

Remember when you played peekaboo or cooed silly noises at your child when she was a baby? If you allow it, play can be that easy, that natural and that fun again.

For more though provoking questions and valuable resources on playing with our children, read the rest of the article HERE.

We thank Hand in Hand Parenting for all of their great articles and opportunities for parents to be the best they can be for their children!
readingtipsQUICK TIPS of the MONTH 
An easy quick healthy breakfast to start the day!    

This Breakfast Egg Cups Recipe is the perfect breakfast on-the-go. Make them ahead of time, refrigerate or freeze them, and then heat them in the microwave when you are ready to eat! Thank you to WIC of Amador for originally sharing this great idea.

Breakfast Egg Cups
  • cooking spray
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Dice the bell pepper into small pieces. Stack the spinach leaves, roll them up, and slice them thin. Add the peppers, spinach, and shredded cheddar to the egg mixture.
  4. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until centers are set and no longer runny.
  5. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Extras may be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, and in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to a month. Microwave thawed egg cups on high for 45-60 seconds or until hot.

 Bon appetit! 
   Calling 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!
First 5 Amador | (209) 257-1092 |
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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Dad & Me: Let's Get Moving at Boston Alley Fitness! - Sat Jan 21

DAD & ME ~ Join us for January's "Dad & Me" event at Boston Alley Fitness! Saturday, January 21 at 10AM. Be sure to call First 5 Amador at 257-1092, to save your spot! (Note: this month's event will be held on the 3rd Saturday, rather than the 4th)

Connecting Children's Play to S.T.E.A.M. - Thurs Jan 26

Join Lakeshore Learning for a fun and creative workshop - "Connecting Children's Play to S.T.E.A.M!" Learn more about how to integrate science, technology, engineering, art, and math into your 3-5 year old child's playtime!
For more information and to RSVP, call 209-223-1624 x201

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Preschool Developmental Screening Day - Tues Jan 24

PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING DAY - Tuesday, January 24, 12:00 - 4:00 pm at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center, 975 Broadway, Jackson. For 3, 4, and 5 year-old children with developmental and/or social-emotional (behavior) concerns. This free screening day is offered through a partnership between First 5 Amador and the Amador County Unified School District and Office of Education. Spaces fill up quickly, so to register for an appointment, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"Kick Off To Kindergarten" Nights are coming! Jackson Elementary - Wed Jan 18

Is your child starting Kindergarten this year? (August 2017) Are you and your child ready? You are invited to an evening at your NEW school! First 5 Amador and School District staff will answer questions and help you prepare for this big step. If your child will be attending Jackson Elementary School, please join us on Wednesday January 18, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. This annual evening will be held in the school cafeteria.

Offered at ALL Amador County elementary schools ~ dates for other elementary schools will be announced SOON!

For more information, and to RSVP for free child care, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092

Monday, January 2, 2017