On February 22, Especially for Children will have been providing quality child development programs for 45 years! Congratulations, EFC!
We would like to continue a tradition started many years ago and we need your participation!! We would like parents to design a Valentine for their child(ren) to be hung in the hallway at Especially for Children. This is your opportunity to be creative and have fun!! Due to limited space, the size restriction of the Valentine will be letter size (9” X 13”). The above example is just an idea to get you started.
This year each classroom will be hosting a special fancy snack for our Valentine’s Celebration on Friday, February 12. Children can wear red/pink/white/purple in celebration. We will be serving yogurt parfaits in fancy clear cups with fruit toppings and special sprinkles. As a team—we have decided that classrooms will not be making valentine boxes and instead will be creating special Valentine’s for home……if you still want to bring a special treat for your child’s class—just a friendly reminder that we would prefer healthy snack/treats. If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know.
Lifetouch will be here on Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23 to take Spring Photos. Please watch for further information on which days each class will be getting their picture taken.
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February in Minnesota usually means we need some fresh ideas for indoor activities (especially this year!). Here are a few ideas to help keep children and parents active on those cold days:

Freeze dance: Put on some energizing music and encourage kids to do their best dance moves. They must pause when you stop the music, only resuming dancing when you turn it back on.

Scavenger hunt: Write a list of items and read them to your children one at a time (or let older kids carry their own list) so they can look throughout the house for the objects in question. Things like puzzle pieces, utensils, crayons, or books with specific pictures on the cover are some ideas to start. Up the ante by giving hints instead of a list, giving tips like “Find something that comes in pairs (socks or shoes) or “Find something that is round and edible” (apple or orange).
by Angie Williams
At Especially for Children, we continue to be committed to training and growth around the topics of race, diversity, bias, and inclusion in early childhood education, and we look forward to sharing that journey with you. Last month our country witnessed a historic moment when Kamala Harris, the first woman, first Black person, and first person of South Asian descent was sworn in as Vice President of the United States. As our nation continues to grapple with its troubled history and continued systemic problems around race, it is encouraging to think of the millions of girls and women of color who can finally see themselves reflected in the person who holds one of the top offices of our government. One early childhood educator reflected on the moment in our industry magazine:

“Now…little Brown girls all over the world can finally have a genuine moment of recognition and joy: The new VP looks just like us!

For all of us, for me, this moment of representation matters. For the first time, as Black and Brown girls everywhere, we will see ourselves as limitless. Game changers. Earth shakers. Trailblazers.

People of privilege will now have no choice but to allow us Brown girls to bring perspectives that are new to them. Our stories will bridge chasms, our actions will redirect the course of history.”

-- Mismiki Montgomery

Directly following this moment, we find ourselves in February, Black History Month. This year’s theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. As educators and within our own families, Black History Month is an important time to intentionally learn about African American History and celebrate Black culture.
We have collected several resources for families to support this learning and experience. Please find those resources below, and if you have additional ideas or resources to share with teachers and/or families, please let your center director know.

The Library of Congress: African American History Month: http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/

45 Books to Teach Children About Black History (sorted by age): http://theculture.forharriet.com/2014/02/45-books-to-teach-children-about-black.html#axzz55g6irvsy

Raising World Citizens: 5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month with your family:
Angie Williams
EFC Marketing Director
Especially for Children
6223 Dell Road
Eden Prairie MN 55346 
(952) 934-1119 

Center Director:
Cathie Underwood 
Center Assistant Director:
Jamie Kittleson