Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Amador County Library welcomes "Magical Ventriloquist" Tony Borders - Tues Feb 27

The Amador County Library welcomes Tony Borders, Magical Ventriloquist, and helps us celebrate "Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!"
Tuesday February 27th at 2:30 pm at the main branch in Jackson.  209-223-6400

Monday, February 19, 2018

Science Fair - Sat Apr 14

A student science fair for ALL students, grades K-12! Scholarships are available.
Saturday, April 14th, 10:00am-3:00pm
The Hub (206 B Main St, Jackson)
For more information, please contact Paulette by phone (209-223-2300),
e-mail (, or facebook (

Optimize Your Brain - Monday evenings beginning Feb 19 thru April 2

 Focus in on your mental skills with a course on Dr. Nedley’s Optimize Your Brain, directed by Marline Balbach! This class will help you learn how to hone your brain’s potential in knowledge, emotions, and focus skills.
Monday Evenings, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, February 19th – April 2nd
The Hub (206 B Main St, Jackson)
For more information, please contact Marline Balbach by phone (916-847-8600), or e-mail ( ).

Monday, February 12, 2018

First 5 Amador - Feb 2018

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher!
Ready ... Set ... Grow!
February 2018
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Upcoming Events
At each elementary school, 6:00-7:00pm
Jackson - Feb. 8
Pine Grove - Feb. 15
Pioneer - Feb. 20
Plymouth - Feb. 22
Sutter Creek - Feb. 27 
Ione - Mar. 6

This month Dad and Me will be at Jackson Fire Department! Saturday, February 24, 10:00am - 12:00pm. 
RSVP to save your spot! (209) 257-1092.

Developmental Screenings
Tuesday, February 13, 12:30-3:30pm
Please call to sign up for a time slot, (209) 257-1092.

February 24, 9:00am - 2:30pm
RSVP at (209) 754-1075

Delving Deeper into ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences): 
Breaking the Cycle of Intimate Partner Violence
Tuesday, March 7, 10:00am - 2:30pm, Jackson
To register, visit the Strategies 2.0 website:

Enroll online, click title/link above.
Strengthening Families - Getting to Know the Protective Factors
Thursday, March 22, 6:00-8:30pm, Sutter Creek
Call (209) 223-1624 to RSVP and for more information.

Click HERE.

Ongoing Events:

Grandparent Cafe
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  
First 5 Amador , 975 Broadway
Wednesdays - Ione

Celebrate Healthy Smiles!
February is National Children's Dental Health Month

Champion for Smiles: Dr. David Stone

First 5 Amador and the Amador Oral Health Task Force would like to recognize Dr. Stone for his commitment in improving the smiles of Amador's youngest.  Dr. Stone has been a champion for children for more than 20 years. He was instrumental in introducing fluoride varnish and oral screenings to children during well-child checkups at the Sutter Amador Pediatric Center. Not only has Dr. Stone helped to create a system that provides this valuable service to Amador's children, he has shared his knowledge and passion throughout the region with dozens of pediatricians and health professionals. 
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!

This month join us at the Jackson Fire Department for a fun-filled morning meeting fire fighters, and exploring the fire trucks and the station! Enjoy a snack, story-time and a free book to bring home.

Saturday, February 24, 10:00am - 12:00pm. 
See the FLYER with all the information.

Save the fourth Saturday of every month for more outings held at fun venues around the county. Story time, a snack and a free book are provided each month!

Upcoming Opportunities 

ASQ Training

How can you give kids the best start in life? 

Are the children in your program at risk for social or emotional difficulties?
We know how critical the first 5 years of life are.
The sooner we catch a delay or disability in a young child, the sooner we can help connect them with services and supports that make a real difference. The Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ/ASQ-SE) are parent-completed developmental and social-emotional screeners used to pinpoint delays as early as possible and can identify any need for further assessment or ongoing monitoring.
Come to a free training to learn all about these valuable screening tools and how to best work with families to ensure every child is getting the best start in life they can get. Receive a free ASQ Kit at the training.

Thursday, March 15, 5:30-8:00
(dinner at 5:30, meeting starts at 6:00)

Call (209) 257-1092 for more information about the training and to RSVP.


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.
Creating Trauma Informed Early Learning Environments

Wednesday, February 21, 10 am to 11:30 am

Lori Chelius and Regan Overholt will discuss a caregiver's role in a trauma-informed strategy. They will address the harmful effects of exclusionary discipline practices on racial, ethnic, and gender disparities, and other children with high ACE scores. They will offer strategies on how to create a resilience building/trauma-informed early learning environment.  Intended Audience: childcare providers, preschools, early learning centers, family resource centers, child service providers, anyone who works with families and children.

Sign up for the webinar HERE!
The Summer Kindergarten Bridge Program is designed for children who will be starting kindergarten in the Fall. First 5 Amador is seeking teachers, and teacher's aides, to serve children at each of these sites.

Dates and times are: Monday - Thursday8:00 - 11:30 am, from June 11 through June 28. These positions are ideal for current kindergarten, transitional-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. All applications are due no later than 2:00 pm on FRIDAY, MARCH 16.

Download the Enrollment FormHERE or in Spanish, HERE.

Print the flyer HERE, or in Spanish, HERE.
Thank you Girl Scouts!!
Girl Scouts Carmen and Kailey.

Recently two local Junior Girl Scouts fixed
up and repainted our Little Free Library 
that sits out in front of First 5. They have taken on the Little Free Libraries as part of earning their badge in Community Service. Aside from painting and fixing up some of the libraries they will also be visiting them throughout the county to make sure they are stocked full of books. 

Have you heard about Little Free Libraries? Do you know what they are?

Little Free Libraries offer a way to share good things to read: books that intrigue, books that teach, books that are fun! Whose libraries are these? They belong to everybody: neighbors, friends, people we don't even know yet. Anyone can use them. That's why we want to take care of them. Share a book: after you read a book, bring it to any Little Free Library, and bring other books from home that you would like to share. Take a book: if you see a book you would like to read, take it, and then bring it back for someone else to read.

There are now over 20 little free libraries throughout the County, see the map below for one near you, and you can click on the link below to print out a map for yourself.

Thank you girls for taking on this community project and making reading fun for everyone in Amador County!
Print a map here.

Healthy QUICK TIPS of the MONTH

For National Children's Dental Health Month we want to make sure everyone knows about Potter the Otter!! Potter knows that making the right choices can help you grow up to be healthy inside and out. He teaches kids that it's important to drink water, eat fruits and vegetables, and get exercise so they can be their best. Follow along as Potter demonstrates fun ways to be healthy every day!
  • Eating right: Potter loves to eat good foods like fruits, veggies, and whole grains.
  • Choosing water: Potter knows it's best to drink refreshing water instead of sugary soda or juice.
  • Getting exercise: Potter makes sure to play outside and get plenty of activities every day.
A Favorite Potter Snack!

Potter the Otter is so excited to share his healthy cooking ideas with kids. Below is his favorite healthy snack that's so easy for children to help make. Click here for the entire booklet with even more healthy ideas from Potter the Otter!! 

Potter's Peachy Peanut Butter Pita Pockets

2 medium whole what pita pockets
1/4 cup reduced fat chunky peanut butter
1/2 apple cored and thinly sliced
1/2 banana thinly sliced
1/2 fresh peach thinly sliced

1. Cut pitas in half to make 4 pockets. Warm in microwave for about 10 seconds to make them softer.
2. Carefully open each pocket and spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the inside.
3. Fill with a combination of sliced apples, bananas, and peaches. Serve at room temperature.

Make 4 servings, 1/2 pita pocket per serving.

Happy snacking!

One day, California's success 
will be measured by the 
well-being of its youngest children.

   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 |
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