Thursday, February 9, 2017

First 5 Amador - February 2017

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

6:00-7:00pm at each elementary school: 
Jackson - January 18 
Ione - January 31 
Sutter Creek - February 15
Pine Grove - March 29
Pioneer - March 30
Plymouth - April 6 

Amador County SELPA
Behavior & Sensory 
Tuesday, February 215:30-7:30pm
975 Broadway, Jackson 
Call if you need child care.

Dad and Me 
Saturday, February 25, 10:00am-12:00pm
Call 257-1092 for all the details and to save your spot!

Third Wednesday each month, 6:00-7:30pm
Sophia's Wel, 270 A Hanford Street, Sutter Creek. 
Call 256-3691 or 257-1092 for more information. 
Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar.
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For more listings, please visit our Calendar.

Children's Oral Health  
Amador County Leading the Way!

Improving Oral Health for Amador County Children
Gregg Fishman

The best county programs address an intractable problem with an innovative, sustainable, and collaborative solution that gets to the heart of the matter-or in the case of Amador County-to the "root" of the matter.  They take oral health care seriously in Amador County because the water isn't fluoridated. Now, maybe that doesn't sound like a huge problem, but tooth decay and cavities are nothing to smile about, and fluoride protects teeth-especially children's teeth-from those preventable problems.
As Doctor David Stone from the Sutter-Amador Pediatric clinic told us, "Having a cavity is just like having any other infection in your body. You don't eat as well, you can't sleep well, and you can't concentrate in school." So, there is good reason to take oral health seriously, especially for children. Amador County developed a program to protect children's teeth with a fluoride application when they come in for their well-child checkups and vaccinations.
The Amador County Oral Health Task Force already had a program to apply a fluoride varnish, literally painted on the teeth. Numerous studies show the varnish helps prevent cavities just as effectively as fluoridated water. It's simple, painless, and inexpensive compared to the cost of cavities down the line. However, there are not enough dentists in Amador County, especially those who accept Denti-Cal payments, to offer this type of oral health prevention services to everyone who needs it. The task force, part of the county's First 5 program, had to get creative.
The fact that the Oral Health Task Force already existed made things a little easier. They had a framework to explore options.  Task force members learned that Medi-Cal would reimburse the cost of applying fluoride varnish if it was done as part of a well-child visit to the doctor's office. They applied for a small grant from the Sutter Medical Foundation and began working with the local Sutter Pediatric clinic to develop a protocol and billing system.
As it turns out, the protocol was easy. The Jackson Creek Dental Group trained the staff at the Sutter Pediatric clinic how to apply the varnish during well-child visits. It takes just a couple of minutes. The billing was only a little more difficult to figure out, but once they had a system in place, it all just flowed together. When we visited Amador County to learn more about this program, that's what we kept hearing, how everyone collaborated to make it work, with no thought about territory or who would get the credit.
The results are impressive. In the first eight months of the program, they more than tripled the number of children receiving the fluoride varnish. The program is simple, sustainable, and it leverages existing resources. Best of all, it can be replicated in other counties that may be facing similar hurdles to preventative oral health care. That alone is worth smiling about-and thanks to the program, the children of Amador County have just the pearly whites for the job.
The Improving Oral Health in Amador County Program was honored as part of the 2016 CSAC Challenge Awards, which recognize the most innovative best practices developed by California Counties.


This article originally appeared on the California State Association of Counties website.

Dad and Me Every Month!

Celebrate being a dad every month at our Dad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county.  

Visit our website soon for this month's flyer and all the information! 
Thank You Parents!!
February is National Parent Leadership Month! It's time for families to give parents some much deserved recognition for all they do. This month hug them a little tighter and say thank you for all the love and support they give every day!

Parents are not just leaders in their own families; they can also play big roles in their communities. National Parent Leadership Month is all about bringing families together for a common goal. A Community in Unity is built by parents supporting parents.

Collaboration is the key to strengthening families. Let's put the unity in community as we work together this National Parent Leadership Month to show our love and support for families and the parents who care for them.

Would you like to get involved in your community? A great place to start is at Amador County's two community centers, the Upcountry Community Center (296-2785) or the Camanche Lake Community Center (763-2720). Give them a call and find out how you can get involved today!
readingtipsQUICK TIPS of the MONTH 
Mini Grilled Cheese Heart Sandwiches!    

Say "I Love You" this Valentine's day with this fun healthy lunch!

  • 16 slices firm sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups (about 4 oz.) shredded Cheddar
  • 1/4 cup bottled sweet pepper relish
  • Pepper

Preheat oven to 200°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lightly mist a griddle or large skillet with cooking spray.
Use a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut three hearts from each slice of bread. Lightly brush both sides of bread with butter.
Place about 1 1/2 tsp. cheese in center of half of hearts. Use fingers to spread cheese and lightly pack it down, following shape of hearts. Top cheese with about 1/4 tsp. relish and season with pepper. Place remaining hearts on top of filling, lightly pressing down to form firm, well-shaped sandwiches.
Working in batches, cook sandwiches on griddle or in skillet over medium-high heat until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Use a small spatula to carefully flip sandwiches over. Place finished sandwiches on lined baking sheet and keep warm in oven until ready to serve.

Serve with cream of tomato soup for a warm winter lunch!

 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!
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PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway | Jackson, CA 95642
First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for children 0-5 years old and their Families. 
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Rotarians provide 3rd graders at upcountry schools

Rotarians providing third graders at all upcountry schools again this year with personalized dictionaries.
Amador Upcountry Rotary meets on the first three Thursdays of the month at the St. George in Volcano, please join us!