September is “Back to School” month for many of our families. Thank you for choosing Especially for Children. Whether you are a new family, returning from a summer off or never left, we are so glad you are here! At our center, we will continue to enrich your child’s education through the Creative Curriculum. A carefully planned, rich environment is the foundation for our program at Especially for Children. 
We are also working hard to:
  • Keep your child safe
  • Maintain our environments to promote good health and sanitation
  • Love and nurture your child
  • Provide challenges that stimulate your child’s development.
We will once again be offering soccer class this fall through Rev Sports. Hopefully you have received the link to enroll but if not, please let me know. Classes will be on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 starting September 8.
I am working with CLIX Portrait Studios to come up with a date for fall pictures. Clix has many safety measures in place to ensure a healthy photo experience. Photographers will be wearing masks and will stay socially distant from the children. Only your child’s teacher will have contact with your child during their photo session. Please look for more information to come as we work on a date and time!
EFC will be closed Friday, September 3, for our staff development day and Monday, September 6, in celebration of Labor Day. We wish you a safe and fun holiday weekend.
As the summer comes to a close, and cooler weather starts to arrive, now is a good time to go through your child’s cubby. Please make sure you have extra clothes for your child(ren) that are weather appropriate. Also, don’t forget to bring a light jacket or sweatshirt for those cooler mornings! 
star wellness
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
2 tablespoons chili powder*
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika*
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 large can (28 ounces) or 2 small cans (15 ounces each) diced tomatoes**, with their juices
2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups vegetable broth or water
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnishing
1 to 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar or lime juice, to taste
Garnishes: chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, tortilla chips, sour cream or crème fraîche, grated cheddar cheese, etc.
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By Angie Williams
As we begin the fall program at Especially for Children, we wanted to share with families some of the guiding principles for our classrooms and interactions. The Six Positive Messages below come from Teaching Strategies, author of The Creative Curriculum®, and for the past several months, our team of managers has reflected on them and set goals and strategies for ensuring they are reinforced in our program:
This is a good place to be.
The intent of this message is reassurance for children that they will enjoy being in the classroom and feel safe there. Our goal is to have them look forward to learning new things and spending time together.
You belong here.
This is a message of acceptance. By sending this message, we help children feel accepted for who they are and encourage them to build connections with others. Our messages can help children appreciate different types of people and learn to find similarities that form the foundation of friendships.
This is a place you can trust.
This message is about reliability. Young children crave consistency, routine, and structure. Once children build trust in their environment, teachers, and classmates,
they feel safe to unleash their creativity and big ideas.
There are places you can be by yourself.
The intent of this message is respect for children as individuals. Some children need more alone time than others. We let them know that this is okay and that we respect their needs.
You can do many things on your own here.
This is a message about nurturing independence. During the early childhood years, children are learning that they are unique individuals with their own interests and agency. By sending this message and providing developmentally appropriate
challenges, we are building children’s confidence in their ability to achieve their goals.
This is a safe place to explore.
This is a message of confidence. To do their personal best, children need the freedom to try new things without fear. They should feel that it’s quite acceptable—even expected and encouraged—to make mistakes as they learn.
These positive messages guide our teaching staff and leadership as we arrange classrooms and build relationships with children and families. In addition, we will look to EFC’s core values below as we build community at the start of the “school year”:
  • Trust and openness
  • Respect and affirmation
  • A balance between flexibility and structure
  • Adaptability and spontaneity
  • Support of individuality and self-reliance
  • A spirit of cooperation
  • An atmosphere of warmth and caring
  • A sense of humor
Thank you for choosing Especially for Children. We look forward to a wonderful fall together!
Angie Williams
EFC Marketing Director

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5133 W. 98th St. 
Bloomington, MN 55437  
(952) 831-1435 

Center Director:
Kathy Hane

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