FEBRUARY 2021
Greetings!

HAPPY 45TH BIRTHDAY EFC!!!
In February 2021 Especially for Children has been in business for 45 years!! After an overnight decision in 1976, Priscilla & Steve Williams took over two nursery school locations (Brooklyn Park & South Minneapolis) and named them Especially for Children. The company would eventually expand to a current total of 8 centers in the Metro area. Edinborough is the second longest running center behind the other Edina location. Our other locations include Bloomington, Circle Pines, Coon Rapids, Eagan, Eden Prairie, and Inver Grove Heights.   

The Edinborough site, which opened in 1987, was located in the current Brookdale senior building right next door. We originally opened with five classrooms and served only toddlers and preschoolers. The infant program was added in the early 90s. In 2013 we moved from the senior building to our current location in the Edinborough Corporate Center. Steve & Priscilla retired from the company in 2019, and their daughters Angie & Alli took over the everyday operations, together with DeeAnn.

We are incredibly proud of the impact we have had on so many children and families over the years. We would like to thank you for entrusting us with your most valuable assets (our kids!), and for partnering with us on your parenting journey. 
CENTER HAPPENINGS
PARENTS-DESIGN-A-VALENTINE
Parents—it is homework time!! We’d like all parents to design a Valentine for your child/ren to be hung up in the EFC classrooms during the month of February! This is your chance to be creative and have fun! Please decorate a 9x12 or a 12x12 sheet of construction paper with poems, snapshots, glitter or whatever else you want. Examples will be posted in each room. We hope to see some creative artwork. Please bring us your artwork no later than Monday, February 8
VALENTINE’S DAY
Each classroom will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 12. Over the past several years, we have had conversations with many families about the practice of allowing children to exchange Valentines at school. We know celebrating Valentine’s Day is something many of our families participate in and enjoy doing. We also know we have a number of families that do not celebrate Valentine’s Day.

This year we are asking all families to refrain from sending any Valentines/sweets due to the current pandemic. In place of individual Valentine cards/treats being shared at school, classroom teachers will be allowing all children to create projects/posters of kindness that will be displayed within the classroom or take part in some other fun friendship activities while at school. This will allow all students to participate, follow the Covid guidelines, as well as ensure these celebrations also align with children’s sugar health recommendations and our organization’s treats & celebrations policy.
STAR WELLNESS
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STAR WELLNESS
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).
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
FAMILY RESOURCES FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
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
3300 Edinborough Way 
Edina MN 55435 
(952) 835-0505 

Center Director
Anna Wilson 
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