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November 2019

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday evenings, this fall
Email for more information.

November 7 - Thursday
The Resource Connection, RSVP 223-1624.

November 14 - Thursday
RSVP  257-1092

November 21  - Thursday
RSVP  257-1092

November 23 - Saturday
10:00am - 12:00pm
Space limited, please RSVP to save your spot: 257-1092

December 6 - Friday

Ongoing Events:
Grandparent Cafe
Call for more information, 223-1624, x204.

Toddler Playgroups
Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar.


Is It Safe to Vape 
Around Children? 

Vaping isn't the same as smoking, but it still has list of negative health effects all it's own-especially when it comes to children. Here's what you need to know as a parent or caregiver.

"There is a common misconception that vaping and juuling is safer than cigarettes; instead, it creates its own set of health hazards for lungs and brain and other organ systems," says  Ellen Rome, MD , pediatrician and head of the Center for Adolescent Medicine at 
Cleveland Clinic Children's. "For instance, adolescents who use e-cigarettes are twice as likely to suffer from respiratory symptoms such as persistent cough, bronchitis, and other challenges than youth who do not use. Also, it is easier to get nicotine addicted with vaping due to the higher nicotine concentrations readily available."

Vaping can expose infants and children to nicotine, as well as the other heavy metals, formaldehyde, and chemical byproducts of the heating process. 

"Just like with cigarettes, babies and infants exposed to vaping can inhale or ingest second hand and third hand vaping of harmful toxins and carcinogens, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, nicotine, organic compounds that may be volatile, and fine particles," says Dr. Rome. "Metal and silicate particles are often in higher concentrations in vaping byproducts than in cigarettes, from the metal coil used in the heating element. Children may cough, wheeze, have more frequent respiratory illnesses, or show signs of nicotine toxicity."

Specifically, when it comes to vaping around babies, you need to be aware that vaping around pregnant women can impact the developing baby.

"We know that nicotine is toxic to developing fetuses," says Dr. Judy. "In labs studies, neonatal mice exposed to aerosol from nicotine containing e-cigarette solutions had decreased weight gain and impaired lung growth compared with mice exposed to room air. These studies raise concern for human in utero exposure and neonatal exposure to nicotine containing devices."

If you have toddlers or young children, they can more easily be exposed to residues of vaping.
"Because children are often in contact with the environment to a much greater degree than adults (children are constantly on the floor and infants often put objects in her mouth or lick objects in the environment exposing them to higher concentrations of these chemicals that land on surfaces more so than adults).  We have concerns that these chemicals could cause problems with the developing lungs and developing nervous system," says   J. Taylor Hays, MD, internist at the Nicotene Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic.

Young children are also more at risks for accidents involving e-cigarettes.

"More importantly, toddlers and children may ingest the attractive e-liquid refills or swallow a 'mod' or a 'pod'.  Pods can look like a little nicotine Lego, which could easily be swallowed quickly by an active toddler," says Dr. Rome. "The amount of poisonings due to unintentional exposure to e-cigarette solutions containing nicotine has increased exponentially in the United States since 2011, with several fatalities.

E- cigarettes have also been reported to cause burns, explosive injuries and chemical injuries.
"The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015 now requires containers of e-liquid to come in child-resistant packaging, yet we still get thousands of toxic exposures in children each year. The lithium-ion batteries used in the heating element have also been found to explode, leading to chemical burns and fires," says Dr. Rome.

If a child ingests nicotene, it is considered a poisoning.

"A child can be killed by very small amounts of nicotine: less than half a teaspoon. Calls to poison control centers related to e-cigarette devices have skyrocketed in the last 5 years," says Dr. Judy.

However, since e-cigarettes are relatively new, research has yet to ultimately determine long-term effects of vaping on children.

"Scientific evidence is unclear about what chronic exposure to electronic cigarette vapor will due to children-the concern is that these chemicals could impact the developing nervous system, primarily the brain, as well as the lungs," says Dr. Hays. "However, it will be years before we know the actual impact on the current generation of children who are chronically exposed to electronic cigarette vapor."

How you can protect your children from the effects of vaping
Plain and simple: if you are a parent that vapes, do not do it near your children.
"The best way to protect your children is to never smoke or vape near them," says Dr. Judy. "Never smoke indoors, in your car, or in places that children spend time. Using a 'smoking jacket' that is kept outside/ away from children is another measure to protect children."
However, if you do vape, be sure to practice thorough hygiene to protect your children from any vaping residue.

"If you do vape, shower, change, wash your hands, get all smell/vape particles off you before picking up your child," says Dr. Rome

And seek help so you can quit vaping.

"Attempting to stop all nicotine products is the most beneficial thing you can do for your child. Encouragingly, some studies suggest that there may be potential for e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool but more trials are needed to evaluate this claim," says Dr. Ambler. "It is difficult but not impossible to stop the nicotine habit and I strongly encourage all parents to make an appointment with their primary care physician to discuss the treatment options available."

(This article is a modified version which first appeared on

Rhyme of the Month 

It's easy to talk or sing with your baby! Each month we are featuring popular nursery rhymes, poems, or songs you can read or sing to your child. 

Do you have any childhood favorites? Let us know! We'd love to share them here.

You can also visit our Facebook page to share them, or share photos of you and your baby together. 


The itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again

Together we can build a community of bright and confident children!
Family Time: 
Reading Books Helps Kids 
Understand World Around Them

With so many digital options and distractions 
available to kids these days, sitting down and reading an actual book might seem like a foreign concept to some children. The benefits to curling up with a good book at a young age are numerous.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the benefits of reading for kids and teens start int he brain as early as infancy. In a study conducted by the AAP, researchers found that kids who are read to regularly when they're little develop stronger relationships with the parents. 

For older kids, the benefits include developing stronger social skills, vocabulary, writing skills and helps them to better understand more complex ideas. Books can also teach children lessons about considering other people's feelings, seeing things from a different perspective and being kind to those who might look different.

Tips for getting your kids to read more:
- Keep books at a child-friendly height: Keep books somewhere it's easy for kids to reach them.
- Read wherever you go: Red with your child wherever you go during your daily routines. Read menus, road signs or advertisements.
- Let kids pick their own books: Give your kids the choice to pick their own books at the bookstore or library.
- Create a reading nook: Use a corner with a special chair, pillows, blankets, a basket of books and string lights for decoration.
- Start a reading challenge: Use a system of rewards for regular reading or start a challenge to read a certain amount of books in a set time.

Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age - 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, paid for by First 5 Amador and donations from local individuals and service organizations locally. Books are 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 and to register online, click  HERE.
   Also receive a laminated Imagination Library Membership Card for your child when you sign up!

Dad and Me Every Month!

Celebrate being a dad (or uncle, or grandpa...) every month at  our D ad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county!

Join us for this month's Dad & Me event... 
It's a sports and activities day at the Dennis Dalton Foundation

Also enjoy story time and bring home a free book! Print the flyer HERE.

Open to ALL children aged 0-5 and their dad, grandpa, uncle, etc... and all FREE! 

Saturday, November 23 , 10:00am - 12:00pm.  
Dennis Dalton Foundation, 11450 Coyote Creek Drive, Jackson

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

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!

For California Tribal TANF's full November newsletter, click  HERE.

Calling all Child Care Providers 
& Preschool Teachers!
Are you a family child care provider or preschool center staff participating in Amador "Quality for Kids?" 

If you need to accrue professional development hours, you can earn a stipend through Quality for Kids. 

Check out these upcoming workshops below, as well as these fantastic, short, ONLINE workshops!





Find more workshops: 
HERE (from The Resource Connection)
  HERE (from the Child Care Education Institute).

How can you give kids the best start in life?  
... by taking your children to well-child and dental check ups and also, by doing an "ASQ."
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) is a way to make sure your child is "on track." The screening tools are designed  to be completed by parents or primary caregivers, that encourage parent-caregiver involvement. 
Each questionnaire can be completed in 10-20 minutes, and is divided into five areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Personal-Social. 
The benefit for all children and families is so that parents/caregivers know which areas they can focus on at home with their children.
For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092. 
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. 
Healthy Snacks for Kids ~ November
Healthy Pumpkin Oat Cookies
Nothing gets me more excited for Thanksgiving than a good ol' pumpkin recipe. Here is an extremely easy and healthy pumpkin oat cookie recipe.

The fun toppings will lure your kids in and the flavor will have them asking for more. Thanksgiving is a busy day and considering these cookies are so healthy you could even serve them to your kids for a quick breakfast on the go!

  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp (or more) Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Toppings such as : Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), Dried Cranberries & Dark Chocolate Chips

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix all of the ingredients (minus the toppings) in a mixing bowl.
  • Using your hands, create approx ball shapes and place on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a flat-bottomed drinking glass, spray the bottom and press the cookies to flatten slightly, making it's cookie form.
  • Top with the chosen toppings, and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool before enjoying!
Happy Snacking!

The  Amador Network of Care  community web site and community announcements page is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about behavioral health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with community resources or behavioral health issues, the  Network of Care  helps you find what you need - it helps ensure that there is "No Wrong Door" for those who need services. 

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

Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age.
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
Get free books for your children!

Over 700    Amador kids are receiving books each month!  

Imagination Library Logo
Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every
 month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, paid for by First 5 Amador and donations from local individuals and service organizations locally. Books are 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.
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