SEPTEMBER 2018
Greetings!

WE ARE SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE!
We think that this is a perfect time to tell you that...“We’re so glad you are here.” As we begin our fall program, we welcome you! We appreciate your decision to choose our center. Whether you are new with us this fall or you have been with us for years, we want to say, “We’re so glad you’re here!”
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER
When you put your child into a child care program, you are, in fact entering into a new interpersonal relationship with another adult(s). Someone else important and influential is becoming a part of our child’s life. As staff, we strive to communicate with you and listen to your input. We hope that by talking openly with one another we will team up to develop the best possible plans for your child’s growth and development. When a child senses that his teachers and his parents are comfortable with one another, she will be able to relax, have fun, and get the most out of the experience. Please feel free to take the time to talk with your child’s teachers, even about fun and exciting things that may be happening at home!
CENTER HAPPENINGS
GRANDPARENT CELEBRATION
Come join us for our grandparent celebration on Friday, September 7, from 3:30-5 p.m. We will have a snack to share and activities for the children to participate in with their grandparents. If a grandparent is unable to attend, feel free to send another special family member or friend!
PARENT REMINDERS
CENTER CLOSED
EFC is committed to providing time and opportunities for our staff to grow professionally. Therefore, we will be closed on Friday, August 31, for Staff Development training and on closed on Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
NEW FALL CLASSES
We are excited to announce two new classes for fall this year. These classes will be for the preschool classrooms and the toddler classrooms! The two classes will alternate weeks.

We will begin the month with our new Fun Fitness class. The children will learn fun games and action songs to get their bodies moving and grooving!

On opposite weeks, we will have our yoga class. This class will teach the children to enjoy stretching, balancing and relaxing their bodies as they learn yoga poses and techniques.
IN THE COMMUNITY
APPLE ORCHARDS
September is a great month to visit one of Minnesota’s fantastic apple orchards.

Aamodt's, Stillwater
Enjoy apple picking, wagon rides, the Honeycrisp Express train, and more!

Applewood, Lakeville
This orchard includes raspberries and pumpkins too! You can also check out the Corn Maze.

Deer Lake, Buffalo
In addition to apple and pumpkin picking, Deer Lake features pony rides, a play house, facepainting, and outdoor games. Festival weekends at the orchard also include music and food trucks!

Emma Krumbee's, Belle Plain
In addition to the traditional orchard activities, Emma Krumbee’s features an artistic Scarecrow Festival with over 100 unique scarecrows.
https://emmakrumbees.com/apple-orchard/

Minnetonka, Minnetrista
Minnetonka Orchards are pet-friendly, so your leashed pup can enjoy a family outing too! You can also enjoy live music every weekend in September and October.
http://minnetonkaorchards.com/
TC FAMILY EVENTS—OCTOBER 6
There’s something for everyone at the TC Family Events, part of the TC Marathon Weekend. Race distances include 10k, 5k, Family Mile, Half Mile, Toddler Trot, and Diaper Dash. Enjoy the beauty of the State Capitol as well as fun activities in the Family Activity Tent. For more information and registration info, visit: https://www.tcmevents.org/events/medtronic-twin-cities-marathon-weekend-2018/race/family-events
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
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HOW DO YOU KNOW IF A CHILD CARE CENTER IS DOING A GOOD JOB?

Many people say that they can feel what a program is like on their first visit. But for others it is a difficult thing to know exactly what their child will experience in a center by simply taking a tour and meeting with the director. However, whatever your decision-making process was, we are so happy that you are a part of the EFC family.

As you continue to participate in our program, we want to make sure that you are aware of the three main vehicles to assess quality in center-based child care in Minnesota. Here is a quick snapshot.

Licensing – A process overseen by the Minnesota Department of Human Resources (DHS) that regulates centers. Centers are required to be licensed which is an extensive process. After initial licensing, centers are routinely inspected. Requirements cover health and safety, equipment, space needs, staff qualifications and staff/child ratios as some of the key components. Minnesota has among the highest standards in the nation which contributes to the quality, as well as the cost of providing care in our state.

Accreditation – There are several organizations that accredit centers in the U.S. At Especially for Children we have chosen to seek accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the largest accrediting body. Under the NAEYC system centers voluntarily apply to be assessed on over 400 criteria.
After months of work preparing classroom portfolios, administrative portfolios, collecting parent and staff surveys, and assuring that each classroom reflects quality standards, an outside evaluator visits to assess all aspects of the center’s operations. Centers go through the accreditation process every five years.

We are extremely proud to announce that all eight of our centers are NAEYC accredited. Seven of our locations have recently received letters that they have been reaccredited as a result of outstanding performances at their validation visits this year. The Edina center will have its visit by the end of the year and we anticipate that it will be reaccredited with outstanding scores as well. We are so proud of our directors and teaching teams who have worked together to make this happen!! With their commitment to quality our staff is determined to continuously live up to the accreditation standards.

Parent Aware – A Minnesota Quality Rating System that centers in Minnesota can apply to for an assessment of their quality on a variety of criteria. Parent Aware holds NAEYC accreditation in high esteem so as NAEYC accredited centers we become Parent Aware centers after having our staff complete significant additional training beyond the requirements of NAEYC and licensing. All of our eight centers are 4 Star Parent Aware rated which is the highest designation of quality.

Please remember that it is our commitment to be continually challenged to maintain these high standards. And your feedback is always welcome. Here’s to a great year!
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-9/3  Minnesota State Fair , Saint Paul
Now-9/3   Kangaroo Crossing , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
Now-9/9 Dinosaur Train , MN Children’s Museum, Saint Paul
Now-10/21 Origami in the Garden , MN Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassan
Now-10/30  Minnesota Renaissance Festival , Shakopee
9/7-9/9   Taste of Greece , St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, Minneapolis
9/8   City of Ramsey Happy Days , Ramsey
9/16 Red Barn Pizza Farm , Northfield, MN
9/22   Excelsior Apple Day , Excelsior
9/22-9/23   Lone Oak Hill Days , Eagan
10/13 BT5K Run/Walk, Saint Paul

Apple Orchards
Aamodt's , Stillwater
Applewood , Lakeville
Deer Lake , Buffalo
Emma Krumbee's , Belle Plain
Minnetonka , Minnetrista

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As noted in the Especially for Parents article, Especially for Children seeks accreditation through NAEYC. The organization has resources for families as well.

Check out their blog for articles on child development as well as developmentally appropriate activities you can do at home!
Especially for Children
2 H South Pine Dr. 
Circle Pines MN 55014 
(763) 786-9410 

Center Director:
Linda Burck
Center Assistant Director:
Kris Steffens
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