JANUARY 2021
Greetings!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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. We hope you were able to view our virtual holiday program and keep in mind it is always twice as fun in person which we hope to do again next year.

THANK YOU TO KELLY SOLKO
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! And…a special thank you to all families here at EFC for making the holiday season a special one. We value your partnership and support.
CENTER HAPPENINGS
DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?
This month families will be able to decorate a snowman together at home which will be displayed in our entryway for the month of January. We have materials and supplies in the front entryway. Feel free to be creative –add decorations—we have just a few materials to get you started so feel free to add…we will leave our “scrap box of construction paper” if you wish to grab a few pieces of that to add to your snowman. We hope that you enjoy your project together.
PARENT REMINDERS
JANUARY TUITION INFO
Your new tuition rates are in effect January 1stMake sure to watch for your 2020 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.
SCHEDULES
As we enter into a new year, we would like to remind families to communicate any schedule changes that you may have with the office, so we are staffing rooms properly. 

Also keep in mind that breakfast is served from 8:00-8:30 am each day. If you are wanting your child to eat with us, please have them here in time.

We appreciate all your help with this.
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
TEACHING CHILDREN TO TAKE CARE
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
6223 Dell Road
Eden Prairie MN 55346 
(952) 934-1119 

Center Director:
Cathie Underwood 
Center Assistant Director:
Jamie Kittleson
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