The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. This year it begins April 23.
In Amador County we are kicking things off on Saturday, April 22, with the 19th annual
Celebrate Our Children! The event will feature exciting activities, food, a car seat check, petting zoo, entertainment, and fluoride varnishes! Everything is FREE!
This year's theme is called "Putting Minds in Motion! with S.T.E.A.M." The letters S.T.E.A.M. stand for a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in five specific disciplines - science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics - in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, S.T.E.A.M. integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.
Children's art work from a previous Celebrate Our Children.
The Resource Connection is hosting an evening event where you can learn even more about S.T.E.A.M. It will be Tuesday, April 11, from 6:00-8:00pm at their building in Sutter Creek. Click here for the flyer with all the information or call 223-1624, ext. 201 to RSVP, or if you have questions.
For more information on the S.T.E.A.M. curriculum, and what it means, here are a couple of helpful websites...
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.
This month visit us at our booth at Celebrate Our Children! We will have fun activities for everyone! Saturday, April 22, 11:00am - 2:00pm at Argonaut High School in Jackson.
Click here for the flyer with all the information.
Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month
And for Amador County that means it's Knitting for a Cause month!
In efforts to bring awareness and education to our community about child abuse prevention, the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council's focus for April - Child Abuse Prevention Month - is on the "Period of Purple Crying." The aim is to bring attention to and educate parents and the community about this sensitive time and to the dangers of reacting in frustration with a baby's crying, such as shaking or harming them in some other way. Knitters and crocheters are invited to create hats with purple yarn for newborn babies of Amador County. To launch the project, information about Knitting for a Cause and the Period of Purple Crying, and along with some starter yarn, is being delivered to these locations throughout the county:
For more information, please call the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council at 223-5921, or visit www.amadorcapc.org.
Upcoming Workshops & Events
Health and Wellness for Child Care Providers
Thursday, April 27, 5:45 - 7:30 pm, dinner will be served
First 5 Amador, Jackson
Provider Appreciation Day/QRIS 101 Workshop
Thursday, May 11, Time TBA - SAVE the DATE! First 5 Amador, Jackson
All About The FCCR's for Family Child Care Providers
Saturday, May 20, 9:00am - 12:00pm
First 5 Amador, Jackson
QUICK TIPS of the MONTH
Easiest healthy spring snack ever?
Arrange ingredients on plate to match picture here.
Early Head Start/Head Start State Preschool
Accepting applications for Fall 2017-18 school year NOW!!!!
FIRST 5 AMADOR NOW HIRING FOR SUMMER KINDERGARTEN BRIDGE PROGRAM
The Kindergarten Bridge Program is designed for children who will be starting kindergarten in the Fall. Priority enrollment is given to children who have spent little or no time in a preschool setting. The 3-week transition program is designed to introduce incoming students to the structure, rhythm and routine of the kindergarten classroom. It is called a Bridge Program because it aims to help children cross from the pre-kindergarten environment into the kindergarten world. The program has grown each year and will be serving children this Summer at all six school district elementary school sites, including Ione, Jackson, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth and Sutter Creek.
First 5 Amador is seeking teachers, and teacher's aides, to serve children at each of these sites.
Dates are: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 - 11:30 am, from June 12 through June 29. All hires must also attend an Orientation and a Mandated Reporter Training presented by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council.
These positions are ideal for current kindergarten or preschool teachers, aides, or students in the Early Childhood Education field. Education and/or experience required.
If interested, please contact First 5 Amador at 257-1092, for an application. They can also be found on First 5 Amador's website here (scroll to bottom of page). Please include copies of any certificates and/or credentials held.
All applications are due no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, April 14.
Behavioral Specialist - Contract Position
First 5 Amador is seeking resumes from qualified behavioral specialists (MFT or LCSW) with knowledge of early childhood mental health; experience in early care and education; and experience in working with young children and families in a collaborative setting.
Please forward your resume and cover letter by5:00pm, Friday, April 28, to:
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).