It’s that time of year, where we are reminded to be thankful for all that we have. We at EFC in Eagan want to thank YOU, our parents and families, for sharing your precious children with us each and every day. We are very thankful that you all are a part of our center family.
Conferences will be held for all classrooms during the week of November 16 and the week of November 23. We will be conducting conferences over Google Meet or over the phone. There will be no in person conferences held this year. 

We hope you will take the time to discuss your child’s successes in our program. Teachers will also share curriculum goals for the year and will fill you in on what your child’s day is like here at Especially for Children. You will have the opportunity sign up via Sign Up Genius so keep an eye out for that. Remember to return the parent questionnaire form to your child’s teacher prior to your meeting. 
A couple dates to keep in mind:
  • EFC will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.
  • EFC will also be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25

The weather is starting to change quickly, and as long as the weather permits we will still be going outside every day in the mornings and the evenings. Please be sure that your child’s cubby includes the following supplies:

  • Hat
  • Mittens (waterproof please!)
  • Boots
  • Coat
  • Snowpants

Having timely and accurate attendance is of great importance. It allows us to ensure the safety of children in our care and to be prepared in case of an emergency. We would like to remind all families of the expectation to sign your child(ren) in and out in the binder at the parent table. 
Thank you for your help!
By Alli Zomer

These days it is hard to escape the flood of political news all around us. And unfortunately, it can often feel chaotic and divisive. But what if we acknowledged this moment in time not by thinking about politics, but by thinking about democracy? And specifically, reflecting on some of the core values of democracy and what it might mean to explore those at home, with our own families. There is no single list of those values, but here are a few ideas for how children (and adults!) might be able to connect to some of our nation’s founding principles this November.

E Pluribus Unum
The national motto of the United States is E Pluribus Unum, “Out of many — one.” The idea that many different people come together to create a united whole applies to our families as well. So why not take some time to think about the special contributions of each person that, when put together, make your family extraordinary? Each person in your family could have a special day, when they get to choose favorite activities, books or foods for the whole family. Or it could be a way to learn more about extended family members – what stories, experiences and contributions have they made? Children could come up with a list of questions to ask grandparents, aunts/uncles or cousins and interview them (a great use for video chat!). Finally, your family could develop its own motto: what are your words to live by?

Life (liberty, and the pursuit of happiness)
Children are naturally curious, and have a wonderful ability look at things adults may take as a given and genuinely ask, Why? Imagine how many questions could be explored through the single concept of life! What things are alive (plants, animals, people)? What do living things need and how do they get them (food, water, sunlight/energy)? What don’t we understand about life (so many things!)? How can we respect the life around us, whether a person, a plant or a pesky bug?

Ok, this one might veer into the actual political realm for just a moment. But participating in the democratic process is an invaluable lesson we can pass on to our children. Whatever your political views, we hope that you will vote and make your voice heard. And when you do, talk to your children about it. A great way to help them understand is to create voting activities at home. A shoe box and some scratch paper can easily be transformed into a ballot box and a heated contest for which vegetable to make that evening! Children who can’t write yet could use a green mark for green beans or an orange mark for carrots. Experiences like that help children to see that their perspective matters, and it also teaches them to respect the views of those around them whether they win or lose.  
Especially for Children
3370 Coachman Rd. 
Eagan, MN 55121 
(651) 452-0043 

Center Directors:
Bri Dieffenbach and Kate Beck