JULY 2019
Greetings!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
Especially for Children will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 , for Independence Day. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!
THANK YOU!
Thank you to all our Dads and Grandpas for joining us for our annual Father’s Day Root Beer Bust! We enjoyed sharing root beer floats and celebrating each of you!
UPCOMING EVENTS
UPCOMING FIELD TRIP
On Thursday, August 1, the preschool classes will go on a field trip to Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary. Please pack your child a peanut/nut-free bagged lunch, including a beverage, for this excursion. Sign up information, including opportunities to be a parent volunteer, and timing for the trip will be available mid-July. 

On Thursday, July 11, we will have a Bounce House at the playground for the toddler & preschool children to enjoy during outside time!
PARENT REMINDERS
VACATIONS & VACATION CREDITS
Please let us know about any vacation time you plan on taking this summer, by marking your days off in the vacation calendar at the sign-in tables. If you are gone for an entire week, have been with us for more than 6 months and your account is current at the time of your child’s absence, you are eligible for a half-week tuition credit. There are adjustment slips located on the parent sign-in table, to be filled out after the vacation is complete .
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
IT’S GARDENING TIME!
We have been having a great time planting and maintaining our very own vegetable gardens and can’t wait to see our vegetables start growing!! Our garden boxes are located at the preschool playground. Take a peek!
IN THE COMMUNITY
FARMERS MARKET
The weekly Centennial Lakes Farmers Market allows consumers to purchase directly from farmers, growers and producers, ensuring a high level of freshness and quality. Approximately three dozen vendors setup along the walkways outside of Hughes Pavilion. Although products vary weekly, you can expect to find items such as sweet corn, beans, potatoes, melons, strawberries, apples, pears, peppers, fruit, salsas, jams, honey, beef, pork, lamb, poultry, eggs, jerky, cheeses, breads, confections and much more! The market is conveniently located at Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Avenue in Edina. Plenty of complimentary parking is available in any of the numerous parking lots adjacent to the market.

Info from www.edina.mn.gov
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
A PLACE FOR RACE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD?
In the world of early childhood, one gets used to clever wordplay when it comes to books and resources: The ABC’s of Love, Eye See You, or 1-2-3 Magic. But when I recently picked up the book The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism, the title left me feeling far from playful. The book’s author, sociologist Debra VanAusdale, spent one year observing a preschool classroom. She listened to stories, watched children build and topple towers, and attended field trips. But mostly, she observed. Her goal was to explore what young children know and understand about race. Do they notice it? Do they talk about it? Do they respond to it? And if so, how?

For many parents and teachers, these can be scary questions to even ask. A common assumption is that children are happily colorblind – that they don’t see or understand race and view all people as the same. Many parents and educators worry that talking about race could be harmful – that it could introduce ideas about difference or somehow “teach” children racism when otherwise they would be free from it. But VanAusdale’s observations show that children as young as 3, 4 and 5 very much understand race. They observe how people are different from one another: VanAusdale’s preschoolers frequently compared their skin tones or identified book characters based on their race. They know about their own family’s racial backgrounds, as well as those of their peers: when a mixed-race child was picked up by her Black mother and White father, other children were direct and inquisitive, trying to piece together the puzzle of race and families. VanAusdale’s preschoolers were like all children, they ask questions as they try to figure out what these differences mean. And in the absence of explicit conversation from adults, children pick up implicit (and too often negative) messages from the world around them.

In recognition of this early racial awareness, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), through which Especially for Children obtains accreditation, encourages early childhood educators to get comfortable with a topic that for many is anything but comfortable. A 2018 NAEYC article on the issue was titled “Becoming Upended,” and that seems like a very apt name; while on the one hand race is everywhere in our society, on the other hand there is a very real social stigma against talking about it openly. But just as we help children navigate everything else, we have an opportunity to help them navigate race in a way that recognizes and celebrates our similarities as well as our differences.

The leadership team at EFC (directors and administrators) have been participating in a series of trainings aimed at better understanding race: its history, its impact, and how to help young children make sense of it in a positive way. Our goal in this work, as with all of the continuing education we engage in, is to grow and learn so that we can continue to help all children (and adults!) thrive in an environment that honors the myriad of backgrounds, experiences, languages and cultures that combine to make our EFC community vibrant.      


Alli Zomer
Director of Operations
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-8/4 Roald Dahl’s Willie Wonka , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
Now-9/2 Llama Trek , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
Now-9/8 Rube Goldberg The World of Hilarious Invention , MN Children’s Museum, St. Paul
7/4  Red, White and Boom , Minneapolis
7/4  Edina Parade , Edina
7/11-7/14  Whiz Bang Days , Robbinsdale
7/24-7/27  Minneapolis Aquatennial , Downtown Minneapolis
7/27  ArtCar & ArtBike Parade , Lake Harriet, Mpls
 
All Summer -  Music and Movies in the Park  - Various Minneapolis Parks  
Especially for Children
3300 Edinborough Way 
Edina MN 55435 
(952) 835-0505 

Center Directors:
Anna Wilson 
Samantha Baker
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