We are asking families to participate in decorating a turkey to be hung in the entryway and/or hallway area. We will have pre-drawn turkeys to get you started and you and your family can be as creative as you wish to decorate the turkey—add fun feathers—silly eyes---a collage---coloring it in with great designs. We will keep all turkeys on display until the week of Thanksgiving and then send home to be in your homes for the holiday.
It has been a long tradition to host a holiday singing program each year at our center. Since we cannot have a program with all families attending…we have decided to still go through with the singing program here at the center –however—we will be recording it and sending it out for you to view. Please watch for the date...we will inform you of details so you can dress your kiddos in fun attire if you wish.
Conferences will be held this year during the month of November with the options of Google Meet and/or a telephone conference. They will be 20 minutes in length and we will be sharing goals for the year based upon your child’s age group. More details will be coming in the future so please watch for upcoming information. This is a great time to learn more about our curriculum and about the programming in our classrooms.
Especially for Children will also be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27. This year we are especially thankful for your support & kindness. We wish you a safe, healthy & fun Thanksgiving weekend. 
Winter Holiday Dates:
Thursday, December 24, 2020--EFC Closed
Friday, December 25, 2020—EFC Closed
Friday, January 1, 2021—EFC Closed

Vacation policy:
 After families have been enrolled for 6 months at Especially for Children, the vacation policy states that anytime your child/ren have been gone for 5 consecutive days, you receive a ½ week’s tuition credit. The policy is unlimited throughout the year. We will have extra attendance logs in the front entry for families to mark “X” on dates that your child/ren will not be attending during the holidays.
Outside play has always been an important part of our curriculum for young children and in our current health situation with COVID-19 outside play is even more valuable. 
In order to be successful with this portion of our curriculum, we need help from our families. We will need the following items here each day for winter play…..
           1) Snowpants/snow suit
           2) Boots
           3) Winter Coat
           4) Hat
           5) 2 pairs of gloves/mittens
           6) Possibly a neckwarmer

Socks are also a necessity in keep our toes warm—so please keep that in mind each day when your kiddo gets dressed. A back up pair is always nice if we do have a very snowy day and get wet feet. 

LABEL—LABEL—LABEL---this is so helpful to our teachers in helping us keep track of your child’s items. With our new standards for COVID—we are no longer borrowing items from other “friends” who may have extra that day. This is another way to keep us all healthy so please keep this in mind when you come to school each day. Winter came upon us quickly this year and as you know—the weather will be ever changing and with that in mind—we will do our best to keep giving your child the outside play that is so valuable to them.
Early childhood developmental screening is a check of a child’s development, vision, hearing, growth, health history, and immunizations. Screening takes approximately 1-hour and a parent or legal guardian stays with the child during the process. You can contact Minnetonka public schools at the following phone number (952-401-6840) or connect through this link--,
Eden Prairie’s contact information is (952) 975-6940 and their link is
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
6223 Dell Road
Eden Prairie MN 55346 
(952) 934-1119 

Center Director:
Cathie Underwood 
Center Assistant Director:
Jamie Kittleson