Friday, July 21, 2017

REACH: Recreation, Enrichment & Academic Classes for Homeschooling begins September 5

A Program for homeschoolers: Recreation, Enrichment, and Academic Classes for Homeschooling
Fall Semester – Spanish, Photography, and American Sign Language
Tuesdays through Thursdays, starting September 5th, 10:00am-1:30pm
The Hub (206 B Main St, Jackson)
$15 per class (use your visions credit or pay out of pocket)
For more information, please contact Josh at ACRA by Phone 209-223-6349
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Amador College Connect announces partnership with Motherlode Educational Opportunity Center

Amador College Connect,, announces their partnership with Motherlode Educational Opportunity Center.
We provide adults with the following services:
• Information regarding the benefits of, and options for, participating in postsecondary education
• Support applying for college
• Support applying for financial aid
• Referral to alternative and adult education programs including GED and ESL programs
• Workshops: Goal setting, financial planning, major and career selection, etc.

• Connections to services including test prep, tutoring, counseling (academic and personal), etc.

Kids' Afternoon Program at The Hub begins August 9

KAP – Jackson
Kids afternoon program at The Hub, 1st grade and older
Starts August 9th! Monday – Friday, 2:00pm-5:00pm
The Hub (206 B Main St in Jackson)
$7.50 a day
For more information, please contact Paulette at The Hub by Phone (209-223-2300) or E-mail

Thursday, July 13, 2017

First 5 Amador ~ July 2017

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher!
Ready ... Set ... Grow!
July 2017
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First 5 Express!

The First 5 Express traveling van  
is coming to Amador County!
Wednesday, July 26, 10:00am - 2:00pm
at Detert Park in Jackson.

There will be all sorts of fun activities: karaoke booth, reading carpet, children's library, activity cubes and a resource table.

Fun give-aways include stickers, Potter the Otter storybooks, tote bags, puppets, cookbooks and more!

Click HERE to print out the flyer in English. And HERE for the Spanish version.
Upcoming Events
Summer Playgroups  
9:30 - 11:30am
Mondays, June 5 - July 24
Camanche Lake Community Center, Camanche
Thursdays, June 1 - July 27
Upcountry Community Center, Pine Grove
Summer Library Programs

Saturday, July 22, 10:00am-12:00pm.  
Call to save your spot!
(209) 257-1092

Wednesday, July 26, 10:00am-2:00pm
Detert Park, Jackson 
Starts in August.
Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00am
Camanche Lake Community Center
For more information or to enroll your child call 257-1980, x103
Third Wednesday each month, 6:00-7:30pm
Sophia's Well, 270 A Hanford Street, Sutter Creek. 
Call 256-3691 or 257-1092 for more information. 

4 Things to Know About Your Child's  
Social-Emotional Development

Research shows that a strong social and emotional foundation in early childhood powerfully impacts children's later attitudes and behaviors, academic performance, career path, and adult health outcomes.  Parents and caregivers can help their little ones develop social-emotional skills-the capacity for strong relationships, emotional awareness, and the ability to recognize, understand, express, and respond to feelings in socially appropriate ways-from the moment they are born.

Because of the significance of social-emotional development for children's life outcomes, we released new resources to help parents and caregivers understand and promote it.  Among other findings, our new report shows: 
  • Social-emotional development plays several key roles in early childhood
    , from helping children to understand feelings, take turns, to building healthy relationships with others. It is the foundation upon which much other learning takes place.
  • Children with strong social-emotional skills do better in school
     because they are more focused, can cooperate with and learn from others, and exhibit fewer behavioral problems.
  • Healthy social-emotional development in early childhood leads to better outcomes in adulthood
    , such as improved health, better jobs, and more stable relationships.
  • Positive parent-child (or caregiver-child) interactions offer benefits to parents and caregivers, in addition to promoting young children's social-emotional development. Quality parent-child interactions can help parents learn their little one's tendencies and understand the feelings behind challenging behaviors, which can help them to respond calmly and consistently their child's needs.
Thank you to Too Small To Fail for this great information! Visit their website link for more great resources! 
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.
This month join us at Minnie Provis Park in
Sutter Creek

Saturday, July 22, 10:00am-12:00pm
See the FLYER with all the information.

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

Upcoming Workshops & Events   
If you are interested in learning all about developmental screenings and the ASQ/ASQ-SE, please click on the link below for the details and to register for a one-day training in Stockton on Tuesday, August 29.
First 5 Amador can reimburse you for mileage/lunch, (209) 257-1092.

Register - ASQ & ASQ-SE Training -Stockton

Get Involved! 
Would you like to improve the quality of care you offer to children in your home day care, 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.

Thank you everyone who came to our ASQ/ASQ-SE Training
at First 5 Amador last month! We had a great turn out!
Healthy QUICK TIPS of the MONTH
Refreshing Infused Water Ideas! 
Fresh fruit infused waters are easy to make. Slice up some fruit, veggies, or herbs & place them in a pitcher, add cold water, and chill for a few hours. Pour over ice, garnish with a piece of fruit and enjoy.

Lemon Lavender  
Three large lemons, thickly sliced
1/4 cup fresh lavender
One half gallon of water
Raspberry Mint  
One handful of quartered raspberries
10-12 fresh basil leaves
 One half gallon of water
Watermelon Basil  
2 cups of seedless watermelon, cubed
10-12 basil leaves
One half gallon of water
Citrus Cucumber Water   
One large lemon, sliced
One large lime, sliced
One large orange, sliced
One large cucumber, sliced
One half gallon of water
Foster Parents Needed!
The rewards of being a foster parent are many.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, and live in Amador County here's where to get started:

Environmental Alternatives
100 Clinton Road
Jackson, CA 95642
(209) 223-3888
629 New York Ranch Rd., Suite B 
Jackson, CA 95642
   ILibaryCalling all children 0 to 5 years of age.   
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
Imagination Library Logo
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