November 2015

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Kneading Dough Bakery Volcano
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Save the Date!

First 5 Amador
Friday, Dec 11
975 Broadway, Jackson


Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar and are offered on the following days:
Thursdays-Pine Grove

For more listings, please visit our Calendar .

World Kindness Day 
November 13, 2015

Did you know there was a World Kindness Day? It was introduced in 1998 and has been recognized in many countries throughout the world for a number of years.   Driven by The World Kindness Movement, the day involves people around the world showing that we can think about more than ourselves and make the world a better place because of it.

Here are some fun ways to show kindness to others with your kids on this day!
  1. Hold the door open for those behind you.
  2. Invite someone new over for a play-date.
  3. Collect foods and canned goods for a food bank.
  4. Color a picture or make a craft for someone special in your life.
  5. Donate your unwanted toys and books to the children in need.
  6. Fulfill an angel tree request.
  7. Take a treat to someone who needs a pick-me-up.
  8. Use chalk and draw a happy face on the sidewalk where others will see it, write the word SMILE under it.
  9. Take bubbles with you on an outing and share with friends.
  10. Give out happy stickers to people who you meet during the day.
Ask your kids, what acts of kindness would they like to do? They will have lots of great ideas too!

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News & Announcements
Prematurity Awareness Month
World Prematurity Day - November 17th 

For the first time, the complications of preterm birth outranked all other causes as the world's number one killer of young children. Of the estimated 6.3 million deaths of children under the age of 5 in 2013, complications from preterm births accounted for nearly 1.1 million deaths. These new findings, published in the Lancet and then publicized worldwide on World Prematurity Day on November 17, brought more attention and urgency to global initiatives to address preterm birth.

Premature birth is a very serious health problem. Worldwide, 15 million babies are born preterm and more than a million die as a result. Babies who survive often have lifelong health problems such as cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and intellectual disabilities.
Everyone can participate in Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day by visiting facebook.com/worldprematurityday where you can share stories and videos about your baby or a baby you love and learn from families around the world. The World Prematurity Day page also features a digital world map where the public can add their story to the interactive map.
Warning Signs of Preterm Labor
In most cases, preterm labor begins unexpectedly and with no known cause. It's important to seek care if you think you might be having preterm labor, because your doctor may be able to help you and your baby.  The warning signs are:

*Contractions (the abdomen tightens like a fist) every 10 minutes or more often.
*Change in vaginal discharge (leaking fluid or bleeding from the vagina).
*Pelvic pressure-the feeling that the baby is pushing down.
*Low, dull backache.
*Cramps that feel like a menstrual period.
*Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea.

Thank you to the March of Dimes for the valuable
 information for this article!


For more information on preterm births, visit these sites:
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It's That Time of Year ~
Flu Season! 
We've entered that season - cold and flu season! The time of coughs, drips, sore throats, and fevers. Here are some ways to help stay germ-free this season.

The flu virus tends to spread from October to May, with most cases occurring in January or February. Vaccinations can be given at any time during the flu season - even getting a vaccination later in the season (December through March) can still help protect you from influenza.

Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community. Handwashing is easy to do and it's one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings-from your home and workplace to child care facilities and hospitals. Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
One more way to prevent the spread of germs is to sneeze into your sleeve. When you cover your mouth with your hands when you sneeze, you are likely to spread the germs from your hands to any number of objects that others may come into contact with.  Instead, sneeze into your sleeve.

For more information on flu season and prevention, visit this website.

  First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for
children 0-5 years old and their families.

For more information please visit our website:
or call us at (209) 257-1092.

As a parent, you are your child's first & most important teacher!
Save money on books for your children--get them for free!  Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book a month from the Imagination Library.  This is a free program, available to all Amador County children 0-4 (from birth until their fifth birthday). 

All you have to do is read to your child!

For more information click here.