We hope everyone was able to relax and enjoy some family time over the holidays. Even though this has been a very different type of season—the children continue to show enthusiasm and joy for the holidays. The entire staff at EFC wishes you good health and happiness throughout 2021! Thank you for your continued support and 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 have welcomed four “EFC babies” (new babies of EFC staff members) since the pandemic begun earlier this year. First out was Jessica; her baby Elsie Krista Charlotte was born April 24. Rohini’s little girl Carishma Malini arrived on August 7, and Emma’s little boy Bjorn Halvor Russell made his entrance a week later, on August 14. Finally, Samantha’s little girl Madison Jo arrived on December 1. We are so excited for these moms and their families!
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone for your generous donations for our annual VEAP collection. With a few last-minute donations, our total weight was 750 pounds!!! The Kindergarten class collected the most food and will celebrate a special breakfast in early January. Thanks again to everyone for donating to those in need in our community.
With the governor’s newest orders, we are excited to be able to use the gym again on Tuesdays and Thursdays! 
Did you know that we have annual licensing visits to make sure we comply with state regulations? To ensure we are complying with the rules, we do audits of children’s files on a regular basis. We are currently reaching out to families for updated information and appreciate your help in getting us this updated information quickly! Also, if you or your child has any information that has changed, please e-mail us at Center07@especiallyforchildren.com

We will be e-mailing out tax statements in January. 
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
3300 Edinborough Way 
Edina MN 55435 
(952) 835-0505 

Center Director
Anna Wilson