SEPTEMBER 2019

Greetings!

HELLO, SCHOOL YEAR
It is hard to believe that we are already saying goodbye to the summer. It feels as if we were just celebrating Memorial Day. We have had a wonderful summer and while we are sad to see it end, we are all very excited for the upcoming school year. We wish the best of luck to all of our children who will be going to Kindergarten this fall! 
"WE'RE SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE."
We think that this is a perfect time to tell you that...“We’re so glad you are here.”
As we begin our fall program, 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 know you have hopes and dreams for your child that we can help fulfill.     

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 your child’s development.

We’re excited to watch this year unfold. Our staff looks forward to forming special relationships with you and your child. Ask any questions you have about our classroom procedures or activities. Visit anytime!!  
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
WANT A TUITION CREDIT?
Did you know that EFC has a referral program? If you refer a family to any one of our eight metro locations, you may qualify for a tuition credit.

Here’s how it works…
When you refer a friend to any of our centers you will be eligible for a tuition credit! After that child has attended our center for a month, $100 will be credited to your account. If more than one child enrolls, you will receive $100 credit per child!

Also, when your friend enrolls his/her child, we will waive their $100.00 registration fee. Just tell your friend to mention the referral credit, your name and center of attendance upon enrollment and the credits will be applied.

Thanks for spreading the word about Especially for Children!!! We appreciate your support.
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
THE CREATIVE CURRICULUM AT ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN
For several decades, Especially for Children has used The Creative Curriculum® as the foundation of our early childhood programs. The Creative Curriculum® is a play-based learning curriculum that focuses on interest areas and fosters creativity in both children and teachers. Being creative means thinking of new ideas, obtaining information by asking questions, and learning through trial and error.

Beginning this fall, you will see additional elements of The Creative Curriculum® taking place in your child’s classroom. Our teaching staff has spent the past several months, including at our most recent Professional Development Days, revisiting the foundational basis of the curriculum and engaging with new teaching materials; they are excited to bring even more of these research-based methods into the classroom to build on what our programs have always aimed to do: develop the confidence, creativity, and life-long learning skills of each child in our program.

Infant and toddler classrooms will follow The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos, which emphasizes the importance of the child/caregiver relationship. The Creative Curriculum® emphasizes a classroom environment filled with responsive daily routines and meaningful, individualized experiences that nurture your child’s learning and development.

The routines will sound familiar to you: hellos and good-byes, diapering and toileting, eating and mealtimes, sleeping and nap time, and getting dressed. These routines are the foundation of your child’s day; they are also the foundation of learning. The consistent and nurturing interactions that children experience during everyday activities build trust and allow them to learn through experiencing the world around them.

In addition to daily routines, The Creative Curriculum® will support your child’s teacher every day as she engages your child in meaningful experiences, such as playing with toys, enjoying books and stories, creating art, and going outdoors. In each of these experiences, teachers observe what children do and select materials that match their growing abilities and interests.

The Creative Curriculum ® for Preschool is based on 38 objectives for development and learning that focus on all the areas that are most important for school success: social–emotional, cognitive, math, literacy, physical, language, social studies, science and technology, and the arts. These objectives are built into every activity that happens in the classroom, which means that all day long, the teacher is helping your child build skills and knowledge in these important areas.

In The Creative Curriculum ® for Preschool, learning happens through studies. Studies, which span several weeks, are in-depth, project-based investigations of topics that are part of your child’s everyday life. They feature topics such as trees, buildings, clothes, and balls. In a study, children raise questions about the topic and find answers by exploring, experimenting, and investigating in a hands-on way—through activities that take place in the classroom and outdoors.

Importantly, teachers will follow the lead of the children and pursue the questions and investigations within each study that are most interesting to the children in their classroom, thus promoting a love of learning. Teachers will also continue to have the freedom to add their own “handprint” when lesson planning, utilizing their personal experience and passions to shape the studies.

We are thrilled to have new curriculum materials in each of our classrooms that will support our teaching staff as they guide your child on this journey of early childhood. We have always been proud of the gifts our teachers bring to the classroom, and we are thrilled to be able to support their passion and creativity with this curriculum. In addition, we look forward to connecting with families in new ways as we engage with these materials and methods. Please let your directors know if you have any questions.

DeeAnn Besch
VP of Operations

Alli Zomer
Director of Operations
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-9/2  Minnesota State Fair , Saint Paul, MN
Now-9/2 Llama Trek , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
Now-9/8 Rube Goldberg The World of Hilarious Invention , MN Children’s Museum, St. Paul
Now-10/29  Minnesota Renaissance Festival , Shakopee, MN
9/5-9/8   City of Ramsey Happy Days , Ramsey
9/6-9/8   Taste of Greece , St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, Minneapolis
9/15 Red Barn Pizza Farm , Northfield, MN
9/21   Excelsior Apple Day , Excelsior
9/21-9/22   Lone Oak Hill Days , Eagan

Apple Orchards
Aamodt's , Stillwater
Applewood , Lakeville
Deer Lake , Buffalo
Emma Krumbee's , Belle Plain
Minnetonka , Minnetrista
 
Especially for Children
6125 Cahill Ave.  
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 
(651) 450-1994  

Center Directors:
Fle Jensen, Kristine Berg, and Roxie King


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