JANUARY 2019
Greetings!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
The entire EFC staff wishes you good health and happiness throughout 2019. Thank you for your continued support and allowing us to be part of your child’s life. We also want to thank everyone who thought of us this holiday season. The holiday cards, gifts and good wishes were very much appreciated! Also take a minute to view all of the awesome family Christmas cards displayed on the office window. The cards get more creative and unique each year.
FOOD DRIVE
A big thank you to everyone who donated food for our food drive last month. Our box was so overflowing with the many wonderful donations, we had to make a second box! It was a wonderful experience for the children to learn about the importance of giving!
CENTER HAPPENINGS
PRESCHOOL FIELD TRIP
The preschool classes will be taking a trip to play at Eagles Nest on Tuesday, January 15. The bus will leave at 8:45 a.m. and we will return after lunch.
PARENT REMINDERS
TUITION RATES AND TAX INFO
In December, each family received a letter stating their new tuition rates for 2019. Please make sure to save the statement you receive that reflects the previous year’s payments for your 2018 taxes. It also has our tax identification number on it for tax purposes.

HOLIDAY CLOSURE
Just a reminder that we will be closed tomorrow, January 1, for New Year's Day. Thank you!
STAR WELLNESS
star wellness
STAR WELLNESS RECIPE
Colorful, Warm Quinoa Salad - Serves 4
Ingredients:
1 cup – quinoa, uncooked
1 cup – vegetable broth
1 cup – water
1 medium – mango
1/ 2 medium – bell pepper, green
1/ 2 medium – pomegranate

Dressing:
1 tablespoon – orange juice
1/ 2 tablespoon – maple syrup, pure
1/ 2 teaspoon – cinnamon
¼ teaspoon – sea salt

Dressing Instructions:
Place all ingredients in a small glass bowl and stir with a spoon until combined.

Bowl Instructions:
Prepare quinoa according to package directions using the ratio 50/50 (water to vegetable broth). Fluff cooked quinoa with a fork. https://www.superhealthykids.com/colorful-warm-quinoa-salad/
PARENT RESOURCES
TIPS FOR KEEPING NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
  • Be Realistic
  • Outline Your Plan
  • Make a Pro and Con List
  • Talk About Your Resolutions with a Friend
  • Reward Yourself
  • Track Your Progress in a Journal
  • Don’t Beat Yourself Up if You Mess Up!
  • Stick to It
  • Keep trying, and remember a new activity needs to be done for a month before it becomes a habit.

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
KEEP CHILDREN MOVING
You may have noticed that our newsletter for EFC teaching staff accidentally hit your Inbox recently—oops! :) Within the newsletter was an article from Community Playthings entitled, “In Defense of Active Learning”. The article described how physical movement supports learning in all areas of development. Children are better able to understand new vocabulary words that they can act out through movement. They learn scientific and mathematical concepts by using their bodies to balance, jump, add, and subtract. It’s important to note that studies show children learn more effectively as physically active learners because they are able to put these concepts into a meaningful context. 

Another area being studied is the correlation between movement and mental health in young children. With academic learning being pushed into the early elementary years of schooling and less time dedicated to play and physical activity, teachers are seeing more incidents of behavioral disorders. At EFC, we believe that policymakers need to rethink how the daily schedule is affecting young children and ensure that physical activity is still an important component of the learning experience. As a recent article in ChildCareExchange notes, 

“The best results occur when physical activity takes place every day in an outdoor environment, as these have the strongest correlations with positive mental health outcomes.”

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement in November regarding children ages 3-5, recommending that they should be “active throughout the day.”

And while adult-directed physical activities are beneficial, “unscripted or solo free-play is also important. When they’re not responding to outward stimuli and instructions from their coaches or friends, kids are better able to tune in to their own imaginations. And according to recent studies , daydreaming is both a marker of intelligence and a conduit to greater creativity.” ( How the Outdoors Makes Your Kids Smarter, Outside Magazine).

It is clear that children require and benefit from physical movement for their growth and development in all areas. As caregivers and parents, we need to consider how we make room within the structure of our lives and environments for extended periods during which children can run, jump, roll, climb, spin, and move. 
Angie Williams
Director of Finance and Marketing

Additional Resources:

Mental Health Benefits of Exercise in Children, Psychiatric Times
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/child-adolescent-psychiatry/mental-health-benefits-exercise-children

In Defense of Active Learning
( http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/2018/in-defense-of-active-learning ).
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-1/6  XOXO, An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness , Children's Museum, Saint Paul
Now-1/6  How the Grinch Stole Christmas , Children's Theatre, Minneapolis
Now-1/7 Gingerbread Wonderland , Houses of Norway, Minneapolis
Now-1/27 Skate the Star at MOA , Mall of America
Now-2/3   Wells Fargo Winter Skate , St. Paul
Now-2/23 Night Trains , Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St. Paul
1/5 Polar Dash , Saint Paul
1/13 Winter Ice Festival , Centennial Lakes, Edina
1/15-2/24 Mr. Popper’s Penguins , Children’s Theatre Company, Mpls
1/18-2/18 The Three Snow Bears , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
1/19-1/27 Winter Fete , Bloomington
1/24-2/3   Winter Carnival , Saint Paul

CENTER CONTACT INFO

As we enter the new year, we thought it would be helpful to remind you of the center's contact information so that you can save it to your device.

Phone:
763-786-9410

Address:
2 H South Pine Dr. 
Circle Pines MN 55014 

Email:

In addition to Baby/Daily Connect, your child's classroom also has an email address that you can use to reach the teachers. Please inquire with your child's classroom if you do not have that email address.

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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