MARCH 2020
Greetings!

MARCH IS NATIONAL READING MONTH
Reading is important because it develops the mind. Understanding the written word is one way the mind grows in its ability. Teaching young children to read helps them develop their language skills. It also helps them learn to listen.
At Especially for Children, we want to instill a love for books. From infants through preschoolers, children are read to in large and small groups and there is always time for independent reading. We know that reading to children is such an important part of a child’s development. The benefits of reading to children include (but are not limited to):

  • Building strong relationships
  • Academic excellence
  • Developing basic speech skills
  • Better communication skills
  • Mastery of language
  • Learning the basic book mechanics
  • More logical thinking skills
  • Acclamation of new experiences
  • Enhanced concentration and discipline
  • Enjoyment of reading
  • Throughout the month there will be many fun activities to engage the children in the world of books.

*Info taken from earlymoments.com
CENTER HAPPENINGS
FUN DAYS IN MARCH
Wednesday, March 4 : READ MY SHIRT DAY!
Friday, March 13 : GREEN DAY!!
Tuesday, March 17 : STRIPES DAY!!
Thursday, March 19 : FIRST DAY SPRING!!
Wednesday, March 25 : BRING YOUR FAVORITE BOOK!!
Tuesday March 31 : CRAZY SOCK DAY!!
PARENT REMINDERS
MINNESOTA SPRING
Mud, slush and water… Oh My. The first day of spring is March 19 and with that comes the thaw (hopefully). With this thaw, comes lots of puddles and wet snow. The children are getting wet all the way through their snow pants and sometimes through boots too! Please make sure your child has at least two changes of clothing at school, including extra socks, and mittens. We want to make sure that the children can play outside every day and still come in and be able to learn and play in comfort. Thank you .
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
3/7  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 

Especially for Children
8885 Evergreen Blvd 
Coon Rapids MN 55433 

Lisa Ward 
Director, EFC Coon Rapids 
(763) 784-0901
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