We had an exciting and very busy December. The enthusiasm of the staff, children, and parents made the month fly by. We hope each of you had a safe and happy holiday season. We wish to express a special thank you to all families here at EFC for making the holiday season so special for us. The gift cards, treats, and holiday greeting cards are very thoughtful!
We would like to offer a special “Thank You” to Kelly Solko for organizing the holiday gift card fund for the teachers. It has been a long tradition for the staff and is greatly appreciated!
You are invited to Frosty the Snowman's Birthday Party. Thursday, January 30, at 3:30pm. Snack in classrooms at 3:30pm and 4:00pm Magic Show by Robert and Lynn Halbrook. Parents are welcome to join their child(ren) for this fun celebration!
We will be heading to Classic Gymnastics in Chanhassen on Tuesday, January 14, with the bus leaving at 9:30 am and returning at 11:30 am. Please be watching for a waiver to be signed before this field trip. Children will be “working out” in bare feet in the gym—please send kiddos in “gymnastic” clothing –no dresses please.

Our March field trip will be at the MN Children’s Museum in St. Paul, MN. The bus will leave at 9:00 am and return after lunch. (We will be eating a picnic lunch at the museum.) The field trip will be on Thursday, March 5, and parent volunteers are welcome to attend. 
Your new tuition rates are in effect January 1 . Make sure to watch for your 2019 tax statement which will be distributed as well. We will be emailing copies of the year end taxes to your inbox and will also post a note in classroom daily emails when it is being sent out.
If Especially for Children cannot open due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions, the centers closing will be announced on WCCO radio in the morning. If conditions during the day (weather or emergency) make it necessary to close before our regularly scheduled time, we will need to reach each of you at your workplaces. If at any time you are aware of changes that should be made on your child’s emergency card, please request a new set of cards. This also includes changes with your emergency contacts and authorized to pick up persons.
by Angie Williams

The entrance of a new year is a natural time to reflect on our lives and our hopes for the future—both individually and collectively. One of my desires for my family is that we can look for ways to build community in a world that often feels disjointed and full of conflict. We strive to give our girls, ages 4 and 7, a foundation of security and love. We hope that this foundation not only provides a special sense of belonging at home, but also that it can and should prepare them to engage with, contribute to, and receive from the communities they will encounter in their lives.

As I think about what it means to build community, a few concepts come to mind that I hope to instill in our daughters:

  • Being there when people need us most: I can think of several examples in my life when a community surrounded an individual or small group in urgent need. Just recently, as some of you may be aware, an EFC teacher lost her home to a fire. Her community of friends, family, colleagues, and even strangers has offered her incredible support to help her through this time. It is hard to imagine how people move through the most challenging times in life without community.
  • Being there when being there is hard or uncomfortable: There are some situations in which being part of a community is not easy. Perhaps we don’t know the right words to provide comfort, we don’t agree on a path forward, or we aren’t ready to open ourselves to new possibilities. Being in community requires empathy and patience, with others and with ourselves. We hope to help our daughters develop the emotional strength and stamina (even as I continue to work on mine!) required to be in authentic community, even when it is hard.
  • Identifying our strengths that can help the community: I am still on a Mr. Rogers kick and have started watching some of old episodes of his show with our girls. He often tells his audience, “there is no one else in the whole world just like you.” Our older daughter grasped onto this and repeated it to me after one episode in a tone of wonder and pride. The idea that each of us is unique in the world and has something special to contribute to a community is so important; it builds our own sense of worth and makes the community stronger.

It is easy to get overwhelmed in our fast-moving and demanding society that has no shortage of entrenched problems. But when we are in community with one another, the load is lightened, and we gain greater understanding of each other. That feels like a good thing for our family to strive for in 2020!

And from this EFC community, which we hope will continue to provide support for your family, we wish you a healthy and happy new year!
Angie Williams
EFC Marketing and Finance Director

Now-1/5 Cinderella , Children's Theatre, Minneapolis
Now-1/5 Winter in Bloom , Mn Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen
Now-1/5 Gingerbread Wonderland , Houses of Norway, Minneapolis
Now-2/2 Skate the Star at MOA , Mall of America
Now-mid Feb Ice Skating at Centennial Lakes , Edina
1/4 Polar Dash , Saint Paul
1/17-2/17 The Dot , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
1/18-1/26 Winter Fete , Bloomington
1/23-2/2   Winter Carnival , Saint Paul
Especially for Children
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Eden Prairie MN 55346 
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Center Director:
Cathie Underwood 
Center Assistant Director:
Jamie Rocheford