Child Development


Toddler Playgroups

children playing outside with sand

The Mobile Outreach - Toddler Playgroup program consists of weekly “playgroups” in four locations throughout Amador County. The program was designed to provide services in multiple areas of the county.  Each playgroup consists of a mobile-classroom with age-appropriate activities, child development information, and resources for parents.  Our First 5 grantee - Heather Hall - provides the activities, story time, and healthy snacks. Playgroups are open to all stay at home children 0-5 and their caregiver, grandparent, mom or dad. Adults remain with the children during playgroup - and are encouraged to interact and play alongside them! And please remember, playgroups are a technology-free zone.

Playgroups follow the Amador County Unified School District's Calendar  but have started up with a hybrid schedule, and NEW LOCATIONS! Click HERE for the flyer with all the information. For questions, call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.

Playgroup Schedule

Mondays - Camanche 
Camanche Lake
Community Center

4240 North Camanche Pkwy

Tuesdays - Jackson 
First 5 Amador

975 Broadway 

Wednesdays - Ione 
Memorial Hall

207 South Amador St.

Thursdays - Pine Grove
Upcountry Community Center

19386 Highway 88


Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Logo

It sounds almost too simple to be true, but by reading regularly with your children during their infant, toddler and preschool years, you are giving them one of the biggest boosts toward a successful education they will ever get.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will help you read with your child. There are many reasons parents do not read to their child, but we can eliminate one of them. Every child will have books of their very own, at no cost to you, thanks to First 5 Amador, Friends of the Amador County Library, and Dolly Parton.

Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. He/she can look forward to new and exciting reading adventures from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library until he/she turns five years old as long as you remain a resident of Amador County. Should the child move outside Amador County, he/she automatically exits the program. 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a FREE GIFT courtesy of First 5 Amador and generous donations to our children! All you have to do is read to your child.


Or call us here at First 5 and we will get you all signed up!

(209) 257-1092.


Summer Bridge Program

preschool girl playing with sorting blocks

The Bridge to Kindergarten Transition Program is designed for children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall.  Priority is given to children who have spent little or no time in a preschool setting. The program is designed to introduce young children to the structure and rhythm of the classroom. It is called a Bridge Program because it is aimed at helping children cross from the pre-kindergarten environment to Kindergarten.

Like last year, this summer we will have Bridge School Readiness Kits for at home learning available for pick up, during July - click HERE for the flyer with all the information!


Thank you for your understanding about the changes we've had to make this year. We look forward to returning to our full program next summer!

Over one hundred children participate in the Summer Bridge Program each year, which consists of an average of eight classes at all six elementary schools within Amador County:


Jackson, Plymouth, Ione, Pine Grove, Pioneer Elementary Schools, and Sutter Creek Primary.  Students, parents and teachers thoroughly enjoy and benefit greatly from this transitional program.  

Kickoff to Kindergarten Nights

You are invited to a special evening at your NEW school! 

First 5 Amador and School District staff will answer questions and help you prepare for this big step. 


Held at each of the 6 elementary schools: review enrollment requirements, learn easy ways to help your child get ready for kindergarten - including information on the Summer Kindergarten Bridge Program,

meet your school’s Principal and Kindergarten teacher, and ask questions!

 Printable flyer for Kickoff to Kindergarten Nights 


"I just wanted to tell you how much my son has enjoyed the Bridge program this summer. It has been a great experience for him and us! We were honestly not sure of his capability and really worried about the transition to Kindergarten. Although he has been in preschool for the past year and has progressed really well, we still were hesitant and debated holding him back. Instead of making that huge decision on our own, we decided to wait and see how the Bridge program worked out for him. Yesterday we received his evaluation and were shocked! He only scored a '1' in one area. He was 3 and 4's in all other areas. This was huge for us--it helped us realize that our son is not only doing well, but it helped us as parents have more confidence in his abilities. We will continue to work with him throughout the summer to ensure he continues to build on his skills and work on things that need improving; however, the gift of knowing that he is going to be okay and that this transition to kindergarten is something he is prepared for was priceless and we can't thank you, the teachers at Jackson Elementary and First 5, for giving us this confidence in our little dude. "


Developmental Screenings

The following tip sheets are simple guides to what is typical development and behaviors for young children. If you have questions about your child's development, give us a call, 

(209) 257-1092.

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Are we on track?

Are you curious about your child's development? 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 you are "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.


Call First 5 to learn more about the Ages and Stages Developmental Screenings to discover how your can help your child as they grow and develop, (209) 257-1092.

toddler and adult playing with color stacks

Dad and Me

Father and son with building blocks

Dad and Me outings are fun-filled father involvement events for young children & dads, grandfathers, uncles and the men in their lives.  


An assortment of entertaining activities including planting, arts & crafts, visits to a horse or goat ranch, water play, games, and story time are offered each month. Sample projects include making bird feeders, creating snowmen, and building with blocks. 


Each event includes a book which your family can take home to help build your family's early literacy library! Healthy snacks are always provided. It’s the perfect weekend outings for families that want to positively engage in their child’s development and they provide fun and easy opportunities to help your children get ready for school.

View the latest flyer with

all of this month's 




Kindergarten Readiness

children at table learning social skills

This Kindergarten Readiness Program - at the Camanche Lake Community Center and at the Upcountry Community Center - was designed to help participating children build the school readiness skills which have been outlined by local teachers, administrators, parents and professionals in the following categories: Social Readiness, Number Readiness, Colors & Shapes, Life Skills, Motor Skills (Large & Fine), Reading Readiness, Writing Readiness, Music & Art, and Health & Safety. The goal of the Kindergarten Readiness Program is to increase the number of children who are ready to enter Kindergarten with skills for success in life.

Click HERE for the flyer with more information!


“Raising Readers Across Amador” Literacy Campaign - September 2021 - June 2022


Please help us to raise early literacy awareness and improve reading scores across Amador County, by participating! All local families with children aged 0-5 are encouraged to read to their children for at least 20 minutes per day. For each book that you read, ask your child to color in a book on our Reading Log. At the first of every month, turn in your Reading Log(s) to First 5 Amador, and you will be entered into a drawing to win a raffle prize! The Reading Log is attached here, and will also be available to print out on our Facebook page, or you can pick them up from our office at 975 Broadway, in Jackson.

In addition to the Reading Logs, we have several other exciting plans in the works! We will have a large thermometer mounted outside of our building through June, which will keep track of the amount of books being read all over the county. When you drive by, be sure to glance over at the thermometer, to check on our progress!

We will also be working to help keep the Little Free Libraries stocked with children’s books throughout the county. If you have children's books that you're looking to get rid of, we invite you to share them with the Little Free Libraries (map is attached) - "Take a Book, Leave a Book!" If you are a steward of one of these Little Free Libraries, we would like to ask that you help us in these efforts by keeping your Little Free Library stocked with children’s books, as well. 

Be sure to "like" our
Facebook page, and keep your eye on it through June 2022, where we will be regularly posting helpful tips and reminders about reading and early literacy. We will also keep you posted every month on new developments with this Literacy Campaign… along with updates on our thermometer’s progress!

You can print out a flyer with all the information HERE!   For questions, please call us at 257-1092.

Thank you for joining us in our efforts to raise early literacy awareness in Amador County!