SEPTEMBER 2022
Greetings!
WELCOME
This is a perfect time to tell you…
“We’re so glad that you are here.”
 
As we kick off this school year, we welcome you! We appreciate your decision to choose our center and we take the responsibility you have given us seriously. Whether you are new with us this fall, or whether you have been at the center for years, we want to say, “We’re glad that you’re here!”

 We will work hard to:
  • Keep your child safe
  • Maintain our environments to promote good health and sanitation
  • Love and nurture your child
  • Provide challenges that stimulate our child’s development.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
When you put your child into a childcare program, you are, in fact, entering into a new interpersonal relationship with another adult(s). Someone else important and influential is becoming a part of your child’s life. 
 
As staff, we strive to communicate with you and listen to your input. We hope that by talking openly with one another we will team up to develop the best possible plans for your child’s growth and development. When a child senses that his teachers and his parents are comfortable with one another, (s)he will be able to relax, have fun, and get the most out of the experience.
 
Please feel free to take the time to talk with your child’s teacher, even about fun and exciting things that may be happening at home! We are also available to talk during nap time between 1:00-2:30 pm if you have a concern you wish to talk to your child’s teacher. 
ENRICHMENT CLASSES
The following classes will be offered at our center this year. We are committed to providing great programming within the safety guidelines that we are given.
 
Spanish for Preschoolers
Every Tuesday morning/afternoon we offer Spanish for our preschoolers will continue to be taught by Kaelyn Swartout, one of our Dolphin teachers. The children enjoy learning the new language and have done very well with the program.
 
Jean Kretzschmar—“Music with Mrs. Jean”
“Mrs. Jean” is how the children address our music teacher, who teaches classes every other Tuesday morning to the toddlers, 3’s and 4’s. Jean has her degree in music/music therapy from the University of Iowa. The classes combine singing songs, playing instruments, listening, moving, building confidence, and learning about music.

Kyle Witherow—Kiddy Keys!
Kyle is a former public school music teacher who now introduces young children to music concepts. His course is a pre-piano course where children learn about high/low notes, variations in sounds, as well as being introduced to many instruments. His class is Thursday afternoons at 2:45 pm. Watch for further information.
CENTER HAPPENINGS
COSTUME KIM
Kim will be here on Thursday, September 29, to sing songs and stories around the theme Wheels Go Round and Round. Her class starts at 9:00 am for all ages.
FIELD TRIP
We are heading to Gale Woods Farm on Thursday, September 15, with the bus leaving at 9:30 am. Our plan is to picnic at the farm after our visit. We will be seeing life on the farm in the fall with harvesting and animals. Volunteers are welcome to attend.
PARENT REMINDERS
UPCOMING HOLIDAY
Especially for Children will be closed for teacher training on Friday, September 2, and for Labor Day on Monday, September 5. We wish you and your family a terrific long weekend!
STAR WELLNESS
star wellness
FALL SNACK: APPLE COOKIES

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 apple
  • ¼ cup peanut butter or sun butter
  • ¼ cup almonds, sliced
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips or raisins

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slice apple into thing rings and remove core.
  2. Spread peanut butter over one side of ring. Top with almonds, walnuts, coconut, and chocolate chips.

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
NAEYC ACCREDITATION
As you may know, each of EFC’s 8 locations has achieved NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation, which means they have met the 10 standards defined by the organization as being essential to quality early childhood development programs. In the coming weeks and months, all of our centers will be working on their re-accreditation process. NAEYC accreditors will visit the centers to observe classrooms and will review classroom and program (organization) portfolios, which provide evidence that we meet the criteria in each standard. 
 
Below are the descriptions of the 10 standards from NAEYC’s website:
 
Standard 1: Relationships
The program promotes positive relationships among all children and adults. It encourages each child’s sense of individual worth and belonging as part of a community and fosters each child’s ability to contribute as a responsible community member.
 
Standard 2: Curriculum
The program implements a curriculum that is consistent with its goals for children and promotes learning and development in each of the following areas: social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive.
 
Standard 3: Teaching
The program uses developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s learning and development in the context of the curriculum goals.
 
Standard 4: Assessment of Child Progress
The program is informed by ongoing systematic, formal, and informal assessment approaches to provide information on children’s learning and development. These assessments occur within the context of reciprocal communications with families and with sensitivity to the cultural contexts in which children develop.
 
Standard 5: Health
The program promotes the nutrition and health of children and protects children and staff from illness and injury. Children must be healthy and safe in order to learn and grow. Programs must be healthy and safe to support children’s healthy development.
 
Standard 6: Staff Competencies, Preparation, and Support
The program employs and supports a teaching staff with the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development and to support families’ diverse needs and interests.
 
Standard 7: Families
The program establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with each child’s family to foster children’s development in all settings. These relationships are sensitive to family composition, language, and culture. To support children’s optimal learning and development, programs need to establish relationships with families based on mutual trust and respect, involve families in their children’s educational growth, and encourage families to fully participate in the program.
 
Standard 8: Community Relationships
The program establishes relationships with and uses the resources of the children’s communities to support the achievement of program goals. Relationships with agencies and institutions in the community can help a program achieve its goals and connect families with resources that support children’s healthy development and learning.
 
Standard 9: Physical Environment
The program has a safe and healthful environment that provides appropriate and well-maintained indoor and outdoor physical environments. The environment includes facilities, equipment, and materials to facilitate child and staff learning and development.
 
Standard 10: Leadership and Management
The program effectively implements policies, procedures, and systems that support stable staff and strong personnel, and fiscal, and program management so all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences.
 
We are busy and excitedly preparing for our NAEYC visits. You can learn more about these standards and NAEYC accreditation on the website: https://www.naeyc.org/
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-9/5 MN State Fair, Saint Paul
Now-10/2 (weekends) Renaissance Festival, Shakopee
9/3 Story Time, 50TH and France, Edina
9/9-9/11 City of Ramsey Happy Days, Ramsey
9/16-9/17 Excelsior Apple Day, Excelsior
9/23 Family Fun Night, Eagan
9/24 Field Fest, MN Landscape Arboretum
Especially for Children
6223 Dell Road
Eden Prairie MN 55346 
(952) 934-1119 

Center Directors:
Cathie Underwood and Jamie Kittleson
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