MARCH 2020
Greetings!

INFANT HAPPY HOUR
We are excited to host our second Infant Happy Hour on Tuesday, March 24, between 4:45 and 5:45 PM. Join us for some lovely “mom-osas” and baby friendly hors d’oeuvres. We will host a variety of infant friendly games and activities as well. We’re excited for this opportunity for you to form relationships with your fellow EFC infant parents, and we hope this is the beginning of beautiful friendships as you grow through our program together! The event will be held in the Edinborough Office complex training room.  
UPCOMING EVENTS
MARCH SPECIAL EVENTS
**Adventure Peak & Gym Day; Friday, March 6. Please be here by 9 AM so you don’t miss out on the fun.

** Friday, March 20; Pajama Day at school!

** Thursday, March 26; Happy Tails Mobile Petting Zoo is visiting our school, and we will have a chance to interact with some small animals.

**Did you know that our older preschool classrooms take turns visiting the seniors in the memory care unit at the nearby Brookdale building? In March, the Polar Bear & Penguin classes will visit with the seniors.  
ST. PATRICK’S DAY - MARCH 17!
We will be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, March 17 . This is a day to celebrate Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs. Did you know that over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent? That is almost nine times the population of Ireland!!

In the past, the leprechaun has been known to get into some mischief by leaving his footprints around our center, hide his gold, and has even turned our milk green! We may need to come up with some ideas on how to capture that mischievous leprechaun…  
STAR WELLNESS
star wellness
LEPRECHAUN JUICE SMOOTHIE
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Here is a great way to get your children to eat some greens! Feel free to experiment with different amounts or types of fruit.
What you will need:
  • 1 banana cut into chunks
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 6oz vanilla yogurt
  • ½ apple, chopped up
  • 1 ½ cup fresh spinach leaves

Combine items in a Blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into glass and enjoy!
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 

Especially for Children
3300 Edinborough Way 
Edina MN 55435 
(952) 835-0505 

Center Directors:
Anna Wilson 
Samantha Baker
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