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NAEYC WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD 2017: CELEBRATING OUR YOUNGEST LEARNERS
April 24-28 is Week of the Young Child. This is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation's largest organization of early childhood professionals with more than 80,000 members and a network of 300 local, state and regional affiliates.
 
The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood program
s/services that meet those needs.
 
NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS
WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD - SPIRIT WEEK
We also decided to celebrate the week with "Spirit Week". Each day will represent a different theme and your child can "dress-up" accordingly.
 
Monday, 4/24 - Backward/Inside Out Day
Tuesday, 4/25 - Cowboy and Cowgirl Girl
*Also - Breakfast on the Go for the special grownup who had drop-off duty this am
Wednesday, 4/26 - Wacky Hair Day
Thursday, 4/27 - Favorite Sports Team Day
Friday, 4/28 - PJ & Favorite Stuffed Animal Day

EFC MAIL
During "Week of the Young Child",we will have a mailbox in the family lounge where you can write your child a special note. It will be delivered to the classrooms via EFC mail and read to your child that day.  

FIELD TRIP
Thursday, April 13 - all preschoolers will be going to Adventure Peak at Edinborough Park in Edina. It is an indoor play structure and we will attend the amphitheater show by "The Wonderful World of Woody" at 12:00 pm. A picnic lunch will be served at the park. Parents are welcome to attend with the bus leaving at 9:00 am.   

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD
During Week of the Young-NAEYC has assigned activities to the various days of the week. We will supplement activities with these special learning days.
 
Music Monday! - April 24 
Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn.

Tasty Tuesday - April 25 
Healthy eating and fitness at home and school.

Chicken Tacos
from Real Simple magazine
1 store bought rotisserie chicken
2 cups red or green salsa
Taco shells or tortillas
Cilantro
Sour cream
Avocado, chopped
Lime quartered

Remove chicken and shred. Heat salsa in a skillet-add chicken and heat until warm. Fill the taco shells or tortillas and top with cheese, cilantro, sour cream, avocado, and lime. Ready to eat in 20 minutes!!
 
Work Together Wednesday - April 26
Work together, build together, learn together.
 
Artsy Thursday - April 27
Think, problem solve, create.
 
Family Friday - April 28
Sharing Family Stories.
 
We look forward to a fun week of celebrating!!  

PARENT REMINDERS

CONFERENCES
EFC will host conferences during late April and May so please watch for the sign-up sheets by your child's classroom. We look forward to meeting with each family to discuss your child's progress this year.
 

LOOKING AHEAD
EFC will be closed on Friday, May 26 for our Staff In-Service Day, as well as Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.  

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
ANNUAL PARENT SURVEY FOLLOW-UP

Many thanks to all of you who provided feedback on our annual parent survey. It is so valuable for us to hear about your experiences and how your children are doing at Especially for Children. We were pleased to see positive feedback in many areas, especially regarding communication and how your child's teachers care for and meet the individual needs of your child.
 
DeeAnn Besch, VP of Operations, and Alli Zomer, Director of Operations, have read every survey and continue to reach out to many individual families for follow-up on specific questions. In addition, DeeAnn and Alli have met with each director to review the (anonymous) survey results, celebrating the areas of success and making an action plan for any areas of improvement.
 
Kindergarten Readiness
One question on our survey asked about kindergarten readiness, and we'd like to provide you with resources on what that means. In Minnesota, kindergarten readiness is assessed by considering each child's progress in social/emotional skills, language and communication, physical health and understanding of age-appropriate art, math and science concepts. There are several tools school districts can use to assess kindergarten readiness, including Desired Results, which we use at Especially for Children. Another tool comes from the Minnesota Work Sampling System; they provide a helpful Kindergarten Readiness Checklist, which is available on our website. 

You can learn more about each tool on the Minnesota Department of Education's website: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/dse/kind/KEP/res/MDE060071. 

In addition to these resources, we will be collecting specific information from each center's local school district and sharing it with you in a future newsletter and on our website.   

Open Communication
As always, we hope that you feel comfortable communicating with your center director(s) and the management team at the administrative office about your experience with Especially for Children. We encourage you to reach out to us at any time.
 
This year, all of our centers are going through the re-accreditation process with NAEYC as well as our re-application with Parent Aware. As part of these processes, you will receive additional short parent surveys before the end of the year. We appreciate in advance your time and participation in these surveys.
 
We thank you for choosing Especially for Children and hope that you feel part of the EFC family. We know that this time of life can be busy, hectic and even exhausting, but also full of joy and happiness as you watch your child(ren) learn and grow in amazing ways. Please know we are here to support you and your family.
 
Sincerely,
EFC Administrative Management Team
 
Priscilla Williams 
President
                                     
DeeAnn Besch
VP of Operations
 
Angie Williams
Director of Marketing and Finance
Steve Williams
Vice President
 
Alli Zomer
Director of Operations
 


TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS
Now-4/30  Farm Babies , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
4/9   Goldy's Gallop Kids Run , TCF Bank Stadium
4/15 Harlem Globetrotters, Target Center
4/18-6/18 A Year with Frog and Toad, Children's Theatre Company
4/21-5/20 Stone Soup, Stages Theatre, Hopkins
4/22  Earth Day Clean Up , multiple locations throughout Minneapolis

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

~ Native American Proverb

April 22 is Earth Day. It is a great time to talk with your child about taking care of our earth. We've gathered a few Earth Day resources on our blog.
 
Especially for Children
6223 Dell Road
Eden Prairie MN 55346
(952) 934-1119

Center Directors:
Lynn Seltz and Cathie Underwood 
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