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First 5 California IMPACT (Improve and Maximize Programs so All Children Thrive)

is a high-quality early care and education program to improve a child's readiness for school and prepares them for success in kindergarten and beyond.


Amador Quality for Kids is for licensed early care and education providers

and is based upon well-defined high-quality standards. It offers support and incentives to assist early care providers in reaching higher levels of quality.

If you are a licensed family child care provider or a preschool center staff/director in Amador County it's easy to sign up!

Give us a call at First 5 Amador to get started, (209) 257-1092.

To learn more about this statewide initiative, visit Quality Counts California.

Provider Profile

Hi, my name is Jamie Wedge and I am in my 6th year of running a licensed family child care home - Sunnyhill Daycare in Jackson.  


My family and I owned a small sporting goods store and when the company made it harder to keep open in a small town, I decided to follow my passion and teach children. Running your own child care business is not easy, but the best part is meeting other child care providers who share the same passion as me.

What I enjoy most about "Amador Quality for Kids" is that I can take child development classes and professional growth workshops on my own time, and in return First 5 Amador helps me by supplying educational toys, games, and stipends for my child care program. I love that Shannon Puente (Quality for Kids P.E.E.R. support) is just a phone call away if I ever have a question. It's nice to have another program that supports child care providers in Amador County. 


Jamie has been a very active participant of "Amador Quality for Kids" for the past few years, and completed over 105 professional development hours during this last fiscal year!

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Relevant Forms and Information

Participation Form - Sign up here!


Quality Improvement Plan


Incentive Guidelines

Professional Development Tracking

PEER Support


Don't forget that if you are a licensed family child care provider and a participant of 'Quality for Kids,' you will have access to our P.E.E.R. Shannon Puente, who can provide you with additional support and resources... including weekly Zoom peer support meetings! Click HERE for more info.

To get connected with Shannon, please email her at -

To join her private Facebook peer support group for providers, click here -

Upcoming Events

NEW! Are you a relative, friend or neighbor caring for someone else's young children (license-exempt)? Pick up your FREE 'BUSY BAG' filled with a children's book, and supplies needed to create your own Winter Penguin-themed fun with the children in your care! After this month, these Busy Bags will be offered on the last Wednesday evening of every month. Supplies are limited, and are available for these providers caring for Amador County children aged 0-5, on a first-come, first-served basis. One kit per child. For the safety of everyone, please adhere to local directives and maintain a 6-foot physical distance while picking up, and do not pick up if you are feeling ill. For questions, call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.


Please follow us on our Facebook page for all the latest updates as well!

More workshops at:

The Resource Connection 

Participating Providers 

Amador County Public Health                                         Amador State Preschool

Baby Welcome Wagon                                                          Jackson, Ione, Plymouth, Pioneer

A-TCAA Head Start & Early Head Start                          Bloom EduCare

                                                                                                   Sara Dentone

Community Christian Preschool                                      Firefly Family Daycare

                                                                                                    Christina Blum

Gold Star Preschool                                                            Grow from the STEM

                                                                                                 Alyshia Drake


Irma's Daycare                                                                          Little Oak Learning Center

Michelle Loffswold 


Literacy on the Move                                                              Monarch Montessori

Tassie Earnest

McQuiston Family Child Care                                              Nancy's Lullaby Nursery

Sheri McQuiston                                                                      Nancy Butow

Motherlode Preschool                                                          The Cat and the Fiddle Daycare


Nanna's Night Owls                                                                 Ray of Sunshine Childcare

Diana Tadla

Nexus Youth & Family Services                                         Sunny Hill Daycare

Toddler Playgroups and                                                        Jamie Wedge                                           

Camanche School Readiness Program                                 


Toddler Playgroups                                                               

Ione & Jackson, Heather Hall