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

Alyshia Drake of ‘Grow From the STEM’ large family child care home in Sutter Creek is in her second year participating in the Amador Quality for Kids program. 


As a youth Alyshia traveled the world,

attending college and teaching

English as a second language to

adults and children in Europe and

Asia. After a decade abroad Alyshia

returned to her family home in

Amador county to be nearer to

family. Alyshia worked in several

interesting positions but was never

really satisfied with her career path. 


At the late age of forty-one Alyshia

and her husband, Ryan welcomed

their son Roman into their lives. As

always with moms, it was love at first sight. Roman was a sweet tempered, smiley baby who stole everyone’s hearts. After maternity leave Alyshia realized the one thing she had been destined to do was be a parent. She felt she may not have time to parent a dozen kids, but she could do the next best thing: she could provide excellent care and be the best possible emergency back up mom to other people’s kids. 


Now in her fifth year as a daycare provider, Alyshia’s facility has begun to grow and is preparing to grow yet again. She and her staff member, Lilliann Salmassi, are not only participating in the Amador Quality for Kids program, but working on degrees in Early Childhood Education. 


In all the years of providing care Alyshia has always kept in mind her first love: caring for infants.  For her next big growth spurt Alyshia hopes to open a small center which will have special focus on providing much needed infant, toddler and preschool care to our local community.

”The Amador Quality for Kids program is awesome,” Alyshia says. “We’ve both learned a ton through the training seminars and we love having Miss Tassie come and read with us once a month. It’s a GREAT feature for us, too. Parents love to know we’re getting the training we need, and love the idea of someone from First 5 having eyes on our crazy scene once a month. We’ve also learned a ton about curriculum for our preschool and toddler crowd. Our kids have done several learning programs we would never have thought to provide if we hadn’t participated in the program.” Alyshia has also earned stipends through Amador Quality for Kids, and will be teaching a “Math is Fun, Fun is Math!” workshop for First 5 Amador, on January 30, 2020.

Upcoming Events

January 11 - Saturday

CPR First Aid

8:30am - 5:00pm, San Andreas 

Please call 209-274-1075 to RSVP, fee required, scholarships available.

January 18 - Saturday

Caring for Children in Mixed Age Groups

8:30am - 2:00pm, San Andreas 

Please call 209-274-1075 to RSVP by

January 15.

January 23 - Thursday

Circle Time

6:00 - 8:00pm, Sutter Creek

Please call 209-223-1624 to RSVP by

January 18.

January 28 - Tuesday

CPIN: Mathematics

6:00-8:00pm, Jackson

Please call 209-257-1092 to RSVP.

January 30 - Thursday

Math is Fun!

5:00-8:30pm, Jackson

Please call 209-257-1092 to RSVP.

February 11 - Tuesday

Helping Children Develop Emotional Intelligence

6:00-8:00pm, Jackson

Please call 209-257-1092 to RSVP.

February 19 - Wednesday

Great Science!

5:30-8:00pm, Jackson

Please call 209-257-1092 to RSVP.

March 11 - Wednesday

Behavioral Challenges in the Classroom

6:00-8:00pm, Jackson

Please call 209-257-1092 to RSVP.

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 EduCar

                                                                                                   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 

Contact Us

Mail:  PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642

Location:  975 Broadway, Jackson, California

Call:  (209) 257-1092

Fax:  (209) 257-1098

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