MARCH 2020
Greetings!
MARCH IS NATIONAL READING MONTH!
“The more you read, the more things you know.
The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
--Dr. Seuss
Reading to our children at all ages is great for their development in language as well as an appreciation for learning new things through books. Each month our studies have different books that the teachers read to the children as a focus. Teachers in the younger age groups email the book cover of the book they are focusing on for the week. We read a variety of stories each day and hope that your kiddos come home talking about the different stories they hear.
CENTER HAPPENINGS
READ ALOUD TO YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM
To go along with our reading focus this month, we will be looking for volunteers to read aloud at our center. Outside each classroom, we will have posted times that parents and/or grandparents can sign-up to read to their child’s class. It is a fun experience for everyone. Thank you for your
participation.
MN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
March’s 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 Monday, March 5 and parent volunteers are welcome to attend. The field trip is for both Dolphins and Monkeys.
CAT IN THE HAT VISIT
“The Cat in the Hat” from Princess Party Pals will also visit us on Thursday, March 26 , to tell stories to the toddlers and preschoolers starting at 10:00 am. 
PARENT REMINDERS
SPRING BREAK VACATIONS
If you are heading out of town for a spring vacation, please “X” in the front attendance log if your child(ren) will not be here. Minnetonka schools’ official spring break is from March 27-April 3. 
SCHEDULE CHANGES AND 10-HOUR DAY
Just a friendly reminder that full time fees cover up to 10 hours of care per day. To change your schedule please contact a director or talk to a teacher about a change. We need to be aware of changes since we must meet specific group size and staffing requirements. If the change will be permanent, please fill out another enrollment schedule form. We appreciate your help.  
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
KIDS COUNT!
By Alli Zomer, Director of Operations

There is a truly momentous thing happening in America in 2020, something that is sure to shape our government for many years to come. An event filled with door knocking, ad campaigns and witty slogans. No, I am not talking about the election…I am talking about the census!

Every ten years, the federal government is required to count us, all of us. That may seem like a simple task, but it is a far cry from counting the green and speckled frogs my kids are so fond of (for the record, there are 5 of them). The census is a massive, complicated task. A huge team of people (called enumerators) hit the streets and literally knock on doors to try to understand how many people live in the US. In addition to those face to face counters, people can submit their census forms in the mail and, for the first time in history, online.

Census geeks will spend hours talking about the process, the methods and the data. But for most of us, there is a much simpler question that comes to mind: why does it matter? The results of the census are a pretty big deal for all of us, and especially for our children, for a few reasons:

Representation: The census determines how many seats each state has in the US House of Representatives, as well as the voting districts for state and local government. For Minnesotans to have our voices heard, this representation is vital.

Funding: Census data is what lawmakers use to decide how much money is spent in local communities. And when it comes to our children, everything from school lunch to healthcare to food assistance to childcare subsidy support relies on census data. We know that children and families in our community rely on these resources, and an accurate census helps to ensure that children get the support they deserve.

Planning: The government relies on census data to plan roads, schools, hospitals and more. By knowing who is in our community, lawmakers can create better plans that meet their needs.

Knowing that all these important things are tied to the results of the census (and stay in place for 10 years until the next count), it is important to make sure everyone is counted. Unfortunately, children are one of the most undercounted groups across the country. They often get missed, which means that we lose out on the representation and the resources our children and families need. So, as we head into the spring, think of it as census season, and make sure that your family is counted!

To learn more, visit: https://mn.gov/admin/2020-census/
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-3/8  Tropical Beach Party , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
3/1 Kid’s Dance Party , Can Can Wonderland, St. Paul
3/7  First Free Saturday: Kids' Film Fair , Walker Art, Mpls
3/7 & 3/14  Irish Day Running Races , Various Locations
3/10-4/5 The Rainbow Fish , Children’s Theatre, Mpls
3/12-3/14 Disney on Ice , Target Center, Mpls
3/17 St. Patrick's Day Parade , St. Paul
3/17 Irish Celebration , Landmark Center, St. Paul
3/21 Kids at the Castle; Mini Makers , Swedish Institute
3/27-3/29 Peace 4 the Ages , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
3/27-4/30 Farm Babies , MN Zoo, Apple Valley 
 
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Eden Prairie MN 55346 
(952) 934-1119 

Center Director:
Cathie Underwood 
Center Assistant Director:
Jamie Rocheford
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