The entire staff at EFC wishes you good health and happiness for 2021! Thank you for your continued support and for allowing us to be a part of your child’s life!

We also want to thank everyone who thought of us this holiday season. The holiday cards, gift cards and presents were very much appreciated. We hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family!!
The book we have selected this month for our Kindness Book Club will focus on friendship. We invite you to join us in reading Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel at home via YouTube for either read aloud.
During the week of January 18, things will be getting a little “CRAZY” around here! Each day we will have a different theme along with many fun activities planned throughout the “crazy” week. The themes are as follows:

Monday, January 11: Hat Day

Tuesday, January 12: Stripes/Polka Dots Day

Wednesday, January 13: Pajama Day

Thursday, January 14: Wear Your Favorite Color Day

Friday, January 15: Beach Day
Your new tuition rates are in effect January 1. We will be e-mailing out yearend tax statements in January. Please watch your e-mail for these statements. If you need to update your e-mail, please let Michelle or Susan know.
by Angie Williams
One of the important lessons of the pandemic is that we are all interconnected. We have each learned to sacrifice for one another, for our communities, and especially for those most vulnerable in our society. And while individualism is a hallmark of American culture, for the past nine months we have been reminded that “we all do better when we all do better.”

It is a lesson that many of us, as parents, as educators, hope to pass along to our children. And not merely at certain times of the year or under certain circumstances, but in a way that becomes ingrained in how our children look at and express themselves in the world. I think about the character in the fabulous children’s book, Sofia Valdez, Future Prez, who has an inner drive to help others and make the world around her a better place. She sees the needs of the people in her community and uses her own time and talents to help meet those needs. How do we raise children with those values?
We have written in the past about cultivating empathy in children. First and foremost, we can help children learn empathy by acting as role models. We can talk with children about the choices we make to help others, treat them with kindness, and understand their perspectives. Stories and books are a great, age-appropriate way to dive into how characters relate to one another and to ask your child questions about characters’ motivations and actions.

In our family, we are thinking about how to not only introduce ideas and conversation around empathy but also consistently and intentionally practice empathy and caring for others in meaningful ways so that it becomes a habitual part of our family life.

The Making Caring Common Project from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education continues to publish a variety of activities for families to use as they practice taking care. These include:

  • Story Reflections
  • Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
  • Capturing Caring Moments
  • And many more

Check out all the resources from this project here: https://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/resources-for-families

Finally, we would like to thank you once again for taking care of the EFC community this year. We wish you all a happy and healthy new year and look forward to 2021 with hope and possibility.
Angie Williams
EFC Marketing Director
Especially for Children
5015 W. 70 Street
Edina MN 55439 
(952) 946-9971 

Center Directors:
Susan Wilson and Michelle Botz