Monday, June 11, 2018

Up Country Lions donate $800 to the Interfaith Food Bank

Each year, Up Country 88 Lions Club donates to the Interfaith Food Bank. Thanks to the community's generosity, Lions were able to donate $800 at the regular meeting held at Pine Grove Pizza on Wednesday, June 6.  Pictured are Up Country 88 Lions Club President Gail Cates, Interfaith Food Bank Executive Director Beth Stanton, and 2nd Vice President Nancy Velasco.

After a very successful Omelet Feed and Raffle last month, the next fundraiser will be a golf tournament on August 4th. Co-sponsored with Amador Upcountry Rotary, the golf and raffle proceeds benefit upcountry community services and scholarships. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - June 2018

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CAPC Newsletter                                                  June 2018

Communities Can Prevent Child Neglect

Children are our future.

We all have a role to play in preventing child neglect. All children deserve to grow up healthy, happy and cared for.  

Preventing neglect helps ensure a healthy future for children and our community. All too often, neglect goes unnoticed. It gets less attention that other types of abuse and it can be harder to see and to stop.

But not giving a child basic care, protection or attention can be just as harmful as hitting or shaking a child. In fact, more children are hurt from  neglect than any other type of abuse.

Neglect hurts everyone. Neglected children often have learning problems, low self-esteem, physical, emotional, or speech problems, and trouble getting along with other children. These effects can lead to long-term problems that impact the whole community such as criminal, violent or angry behavior, difficulty in trusting others and forming relationships, alcohol or other drug use problems, mental illness, or ongoing health problems.

One common misunderstanding is that neglect means a lack of love for a child. But this is not the case. Often there are other issues at play that affect a parent's ability to care for a child. These may include personal problems, lack of parenting skills, financial stress, or alcohol or other drug abuse. To prevent child neglect, parents need help to overcome these challenges.

The key is support for parents and families. With support, everyone can improve their parenting skills and knowledge. For example, some parents may need:
  • Affordable child care so they can go to school or find a better job
  • Counseling for personal problems or alcohol or other drug use
  • Parenting classes to learn how to best care for their children and deal with challenging behavior.
A caring community can make a world of difference. Every sector of society can make an impact in preventing neglect by reaching out to parents and caregivers to help them overcome their challenges. This can be done through schools, child care providers, parent support groups, home visiting programs, religious organizations, health care providers, mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, and even police officers. A community that works together knows no limits as to how to find creative ways to support parents who are struggling.

And from time to time, every parent just needs a friend to talk to. Individuals can make a difference too, everyone has something valuable to offer. Start by taking care of yourself and your own family, but also support other parents in your life. Be kind to children, all children, you never know what they are experiencing at home. Give what you can when you can: become a mentor, volunteer at a school or resource center, donate money or items where needed, or become a foster parent. Getting active in your community is a way to help support local parents and families, and in this way everyone is encouraged to realize that prevention is a shared responsibility.

Child neglect is preventable. and preventing it is a shared responsibility. Working together, we can all help give parents and caregivers the support and tools they need to handle situations that often lead to neglect.

It's true that parents can't meet every need all all the time. But the signs of neglect should never be ignored. If you feel a child in your life is experiencing neglect or abuse please reach out to help that child. If you think a child is at risk, we encourage you to call our local Child Protective Services, their goal is keep families together, but would never want a child to remain in a dangerous environment, (209) 223-6550. And for general questions or more information you can call us here at Child Abuse Prevention Council, (209) 223-5921. 

To learn more about preventing and responding to neglect contact Prevent Child Abuse America. For other resources to support families and children visit these websites:

Circle of Parents

This article has been adapted from a handout from Prevent Child Abuse America.
Family Strengthening  
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that
families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within
families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes
for children and their families.
Mini-Grant Application

Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2018-19 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly.
Upcoming Events
Addressing ACEs
(Adverse Childhood Experiences)

Join CAPC in creating a county-wide effort to recognize and address the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in Amador County.

Next steering committee meeting, Tuesday, June 12, 3:00-5:00pm, 975 Broadway.  


Free Mandated Reporter Training  
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. Open to parents, child care providers, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE
Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, June 11, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson 


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About CAPC
Our Vision
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
Our Mission 
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities. 
Investing in Our Youngest Children
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Stay up to date on all the latest news and information for the youngest children in our county! Sign up for First 5 Amador's monthly e-newsletter HERE!

Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food Donates 2,525 Pounds of Premium Kitten Food to A-PAL Humane Society in Jackson

Part of National Fill A Bowl: Feed A Soul™ Effort
to Provide 1 Million Meals Annually to Pets in Need

COS COB, CT, May 18 2018 - Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food, a leading super premium pet food company, recently donated 2,525 pounds of their nutritious kitten food to help feed rescue animals at A-PAL in Jackson, CA. The donation is part of the pet food company’s Fill A Bowl… Feed A Soul™ (FABFAS) program, a national campaign targeting the donation of one million meals to shelter pets annually.

“It’s kitten season and we were looking to work with an organization that had a significant kitten rescue program,” said Jeanne Blandford, Director of Marketing for Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food.  “Our California sales rep, Kevin Reidenbach, pointed us towards Susan Manning, the owner of The Feed Barn in Jackson, CA and board president of the A-PAL Humane Society. A-PAL has a large kitten foster base, which is an essential part of their successful adoption program. As kittens are often too small to survive in a shelter, individual foster parents are able to feed and nurture them until a forever home is found. We are happy to support A-PAL and their fosters with complete and balanced food, helping to lift some of the financial burden so they can concentrate on helping these kittens grow into healthy adults.”

Our goal is always to SAVE THEM ALL!”  said Ms. Manning.  Our kittens thrive on Chicken Soup for the Soul Kitten food and the love and attention they get from our fosters.  With this donation we will be able to help more special needs cats and kittens.  As our kittens transition to cats, we move them to Chicken Soup for the Soul Adult food.  It is what we feed to all of our cats and kittens and it is what we recommend.  We are so appreciative of this generous donation that allows us to save more little lives.  We cannot thank Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food enough.”

“Chicken Soup for the Soul’s FABFAS program was created to help feed pets in need nationwide,” said Chris Mitchell. “We work closely with our independent pet specialty retailers to identify rescue organizations in their area where our food can have a real impact. We believe that every pet should enjoy the benefits of premium nutrition. Healthy pets are happy pets and more readily adoptable,” said Mr. Mitchell.

About Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food
Chicken Soup for the Soul understands the unique relationship between people and pets. Health conscious consumers have been feeding their cats and dogs Chicken Soup for the Soul wholesome and balanced, super premium pet food for over 15 years. Holistic in nature, the entire line of products is made from only the finest ingredients: real meats (chicken, turkey, duck and salmon), fruits, vegetables and herbs. With no added corn, wheat, soy, artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives, Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food is inspired by your love for pets, and promotes overall health and well being for dogs and cats.  The products are proudly made in the USA, and feature rescued shelter pets on every bag. Core and grain-free formulas and a line of treats are available in independent pet specialty stores nationwide and online.

A portion of all proceeds from the sale of Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food goes to help shelters and pets in need through Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Fill-a-Bowl… Feed-a-Soul™ program. The program which was launched in association with the American Humane aims to provide a million meals to shelter pets annually.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

First 5 Amador - May 2018

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher!
Ready ... Set ... Grow!
May 2018
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Upcoming Events

Self-Empowerment Workshops
Friday, May 11, 9:00am - 12:00pm.
RSVP at (209) 223-6315

Wednesday, May 162:00 -  6:00pm Open House
Interfaith Food Bank

Keeping Our Children Safe...Commercially Sexually Exploited Children
Thursday, May 17
Morning session: 9:30-1:30pm Lunch will be served OR
Evening session: 5:30pm-9:00pm Dinner will be served/Childcare provided.

Let's visit Upcountry Farms! Saturday,  May 26, 10:00am - 12:00pm. 
RSVP to save your spot! (209) 257-1092.

Wellness Fair
Tuesday, May 29, 9:30am - 12:30pm
975 Broadway, Jacson

Saturday, June 9, 10:00am - 3:00pm
RSVP required, please call Juline at (530) 642-5659

Learning Community
Bringing Us Together: Using the ACES Connection On-line Platform to Support Efficient Collaboration Across Sectors and Communities
Thursday, June 14, 10:00am - 2:30pm
See the flyer to register.

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

Focus on Moms
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

With more than 1 in 5 moms developing a mental illness during pregnancy or in the year that follows it is becoming increasingly important that we raise awareness of maternal mental health and encourage those who are struggling with their emotions to speak out and get the support they need.

Pregnancy is rife with emotional and hormonal changes and these can really affect the way you feel on a daily basis. This can mean one day you are really excited, but the next you are left anxious and worried. Although this is completely normal, particularly in the first trimester as pregnancy hormones are changing and increasing it can be really difficult to deal with. These changes can be more challenging for first time moms who have never experienced pregnancy before and aren't aware of what to expect. The extreme mood swings that couple these changes can also be damaging to your relationships with those closest to you and this in turn can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness.

This year join us in changing the perception of postpartum depression and anxiety. This years theme is about getting real about motherhood.  



Getting real about motherhood is healthy for everyone, especially the 1 in 5 women who will suffer from a maternal mental health (MMH) disorder like postpartum depression. For many women, there are unspoken and spoken ideals of motherhood, unrealistic myths, that crowd the mind and keep women judging themselves through an unrealistic lens. It is especially hard for women who are suffering from an MMH disorder who may choose to suffer silently because they feel there must be something terribly wrong with them for feeling something so different than those expectations.   
Motherhood myths like: 
  • To be a good mom you have to love being a mom all the time.
  • Moms never need help.
  • I wasn't a good mom, because I couldn't breastfeed.
  • I am not a good mom because my baby's birth didn't go well - or my body failed.
  • I had to go back to work too early and that makes me a bad mom.
  • I had to take an antidepressant after I had my baby and that makes me a bad mom.
  • And the biggest myth of all, "Other mothers are better moms because they look like they have it all together."
These myths aren't doing mother's any favors and this year through the collective effort made by you and all of our partners we will help challenge these unrealistic expectations of motherhood to remind everyone that motherhood is hard, and to not be afraid to talk about #RealMotherhood moments.

Join the Blue Dot movement this month and share your #realmotherhood moments to end the stigma!

May is Mental Health Matters Month
Each Mind Matters

Say This Not That
Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement encourages everyone to check in with loved ones on their mental health. Talking openly and honestly about mental health lets those we care about know that we support them. The following phrases can be used to create meaningful conversation with someone experiencing a mental health challenge. Before starting a conversation with someone you are concerned about be sure to have resources on hand, including local county mental health department numbers and suicide crisis resources.

Print this infographic here.

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 Upcountry Farms for a farm tour! Enjoy a snack, story-time and a free book to bring home.

Saturday, May 26, 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!

Provider Appreciation Day this year is May 11, a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere. Started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey, Provider Appreciation Day is appropriately celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother's Day. We would like to take this moment to give a huge shout out to everyone working with and caring for our youngest children ~ giving them a great start in life! Thank you for all you do!


Thank you to everyone participating and learning more about ASQ's (Ages & Stages Questionnaire) ! We've had a great response and feel that this tool is one way of helping families understand where their children are at developmentally and will give them the best start in life. If you'd like to learn more about ASQ's, give us a call! 257-1092

How can you give kids the best start in life? 

One of the most important factors for early intervention services, is the early and accurate identification of infants and young children who may have developmental delays or disabilities.
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) are screening tools 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.

Download the Enrollment FormHERE or in Spanish, HERE.

Priority enrollment deadline is May 11.

Print the flyer HERE, or in Spanish, HERE.

Print this info-graphic to share!

Healthy QUICK TIPS of the MONTH

Easy Healthy Berry Smoothies

This is an easy recipe if you're on the go. Be creative and try different types of berries.

Prep time: 5 minutes!

  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • blender (you'll need help from your adult assistant)
  • measuring cup
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Divide between two glasses.

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!
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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. 

Talk...   with your baby from the start.
So ... what should you talk about? Anything and everything. Describe the pattern of circles on a blanket. Count the number of blocks on the floor. Listen to the noisy garbage truck outside. Talk about the whirring sound of the blender. What did you do at work today? What will you have for dinner tonight? Engage in conversation. Look into your baby's eyes and watch his reactions as you talk. Remember, it really doesn't matter what you talk about - and it also doesn't matter if your baby is too young to understand. His brain is developing with every word. Knowing more than one language offers countless benefits for your kids - including expanding their future career opportunities. You don't have to speak a language perfectly. The most important thing is to introduce them to it.

Read...     them a book, it's very smart.
What is one of the most powerful things you can do with your baby? Read! Start early, and read every day from birth onward to establish a rewarding habit early in life. A great tip to keep in mind is to read WITH your child. Use funny voices, point out and describe pictures, and ask questions as you go along. These simple actions not only will help hold your child's interest, but it'll spark imagination and curiosity - even at a very young age.   
Don't have enough hours in the day to read? We get it. Just a few minutes a day can have an impact. Reading shopping lists, recipes, road signs, and labels together all count, too. You're doing your best, and your child will thank you for it later.  

Sing...     them a song, it's a wonderful start.
Music is a great way to help babies learn new words, boost language comprehension, and establish rhythm and rhyme. When you sing to your baby, you're forming a special bond together just by the sound of your voice. Singing is also a great activity for the whole family. Sing old favorites and new tunes together, and help build deeper family bonds between older siblings and grandparents too. Remember, it doesn't matter if you can't carry a tune. In your baby's eyes, you are a singing superstar. Sneak in songs during breakfast, in the car, or during bath time. From nursery rhymes to your own favorite playlist, turn up the volume and sing together. It's one of the greatest expressions of your love!
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