Dear Angie,


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 wonderful children with us each and every day. We are very thankful that you all are a part of our center family. 



Friday, November 17, we will be having a Friendship snack. The way this works is…each child in the center brings in an unopened ingredient for a snack mix. The ingredients are mixed together and each child gets a portion for snack and another to take home and share. If you would like to bring in an ingredient, please drop it off to your child’s teacher by Thursday, November 16. Possible ingredient ideas are: small crackers, dried fruit, goldfish crackers, cheerios, Chex, raisins, craisins, etc. No peanuts or peanut products, please!


We hope you'll take advantage of the chance to sit down and talk to your child's teacher on a one-to-one basis. Sign-up sheets are posted on your child’s classroom door. Conferences will take place November 1st through the 16th. We are excited to explain our curriculum and talk about the goals and objectives for your child. Each conference will be about 20 minutes.  



A couple dates to keep in mind: 

  • EFC will be closed on Thursday, November, 23 and Friday, November 24, for Thanksgiving. 
  • EFC will also be closed on Monday, December 25, for Christmas.  


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

  • Hat
  • Mittens/Gloves 
  • Boots
  • Coat

Please label all items with first and last name.



by Angie Williams


A growth mindset is one characterized by the view that intelligence and skill can be obtained and increased through effort. In a growth mindset, the brain is rightly understood to be malleable, and mistakes and challenges are a natural and healthy part of learning. A fixed mindset, on the other hand, views intelligence as predetermined and set. Someone with a fixed mindset sees little value in practice and effort because he or she does not think it will change outcomes. A fixed mindset can be detrimental both to the individual who does not believe he or she can be successful in a given area as well as for the one who develops an inflated view of his or her intelligence.


Because having a growth mindset is an important predictor of future success in many areas of life, it is important that adults help to foster a growth mindset in children. Psychologist and researcher Carol Dweck has studied the growth mindset in children and states, 


“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.”  


While much research and literature about the growth mindset focuses on elementary-aged and older children, adults can encourage even young children to value effort over outcomes in service of deep and lifelong learning as well as in building resiliency.


For example, these are ways to stimulate a growth mindset:


• Praising Effort 

• Accepting Failures

• Ask for Explanations

• Express the Amount of work put in

• “Your Brain is Growing”

• Praise the PROCESS!


These actions, in contrast, may discourage a growth mindset:


• Praising Outcomes

• Criticizing Failures

• Telling children the answers

• Labeling or Judging student/work

• Telling them they “tried their best”

• Praising the PERSON


We can also share stories with children of characters (real or imagined) who failed and persevered:

Young children may have a natural propensity for a growth mindset and less developed definitions of success and failure than older children and adults. Caregivers can thus encourage participation in varied activities and experiences that engage all of their senses, deepening children’s understanding of the world, capitalizing on these assets of their developmental stage, and expanding children’s belief in their own potential.  





9/30-11/4 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, MN Zoo, Apple Valley

Now-2/24 (Saturdays) Night Trains, TC Model Railroad Museum, St Paul

11/11-1/7 How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Children's Theatre, Minneapolis

11/16-12/31 Winter Lights, Mn Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen

11/17-12/27 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., Stages Theatre, Hopkins

11/18 and 11/25 Visit Santa’s Reindeer, Bachman’s, Mpls

11/23 Drumstick Dash 10k and Cranberry Cruise 1 Mile, Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

11/23 Turkey Day 5k, Minneapolis

11/24-11/26 Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt, Excelsior

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Just a reminder that we are still interested in hearing from you through our Sharing Family Culture Survey!

Especially for Children - Eagan

3370 Coachman Road 

Eagan, MN 55121

(651) 452-0043

Center Directors

Marcia Ale and Sam Gort