JULY 2020
Greetings!

Especially for Children will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. We hope you have a fun and safe long weekend!!


WELCOME BACK!
We would like to welcome back the families that have returned to the center, we are expecting to have almost everyone back by the end of August! We are so happy to see everyone again! 

We would like to welcome new staff member, Kasey. Kasey is in our toddler classroom!
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
EFC GARDENS
We now have our gardens set up on both the preschool and toddler playgrounds. We planted many different vegetables as well as flowers. The children will assist the teachers with watering and weeding to take care of our gardens all summer long! We are looking forward to our harvest at the end of the summer!

SPLASH DAYS
Watch the calendar for some fun days this month. We will be enjoying some bike days and now that the weather is so warm, we are excited to have our first splash day of the summer! Our first splash day will be on Tuesday, July 14.  Please bring a swimsuit (or shorts and shirt that can get very wet!), a towel and a bag to bring wet things home in.

SPICING UP YOUR WALKS
How many walks has your family been on in the past few months?! If you need some ideas to spice up your walks and promote playful learning, check out these ideas from NAEYC:
PARENT REMINDERS
COVID-19 NOTE
In accordance with state requirements, all workplaces are required to have a Covid-19 Preparedness Plan that outlines current health and safety procedures. If you would like to view EFC’s plan, please ask your center director.

U.S. CENSUS REMINDER
Just a reminder to fill out the U.S. census if you have not already done so! The census is a hugely important tool that helps the government determine representation, funding, and infrastructure planning.

To learn more, visit: https://mn.gov/admin/2020-census/

DO WE HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS?
We send e-newsletters and announcements through Constant Contact and daily notes through Baby/Daily Connect. If you or a family member are not receiving our communications, please let your director know so that we can update your email address.

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
  This month we are offering a mental break from some of the heavier topics we have covered in recent months. Enjoy this throwback article from 2014 below! 
PriscillaWilliamsEFCPres
THE STICK

While playing outside with your child this summer, don’t forget the value of the stick. Children find sticks an endless source of make-believe fun. In 2008 the stick, which may be the world’s oldest toy, was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Here are some of the attributes cited:

“Sticks can turn into magic wands, majorette batons and fishing poles. When children pretend with sticks, they cultivate their creativity and develop their imaginations.”

This made me smile when I realized that one of my favorite childhood photos is of my older sister and me sitting on a log. She was teaching me to whittle.

When hiking in the woods, I still love to find a sturdy stick to accompany me. Not only does it help me stabilize, it also makes me feel like a voyager on a real adventure. And part of the fun is exploring the area to find just the right stick!

Of the 53 toys that have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame, the stick is the only one that is found in nature all ready to be played with. Sticks are all around us: they are natural and free.

After this past windy weekend our yard was filled with sticks of various sizes. Without any prompting our two-year-old grandson gathered several together to touch and examine.

Pretty soon I looked and saw that he found one still covered with leaves. Over a period of a few minutes that stick was a lawn mower and then evolved into a leaf blower. Later that day Steve and I had him help us pick up sticks and put them in a trash can.
What a fun afternoon! Now I want to find sticks to use to draw in the sand, make a campfire and then roast marshmallows!
Center Director
Lisa Ward
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