SEPTEMBER 2022

Greetings!

HELLO, SCHOOL YEAR 
Happy Fall y’all! We are sad to see the summer go, but we welcome the cooler weather and new school year with open arms. Good luck to all the kindergarteners going to school; we wish you all the best!
 
THANK YOU
As we begin our fall program, we welcome you! We wanted to take a minute to say thank you for choosing EFC and trusting us to care for your families. We appreciate all of you! We look forward to working with you all to make this a great school year.
CENTER HAPPENINGS
LET’S CELEBRATE FALL
Sept 9: Teddy Bear Day! Bring a teddy to school.
Sept 11: Patriot’s Day! Wear red, white or blue.
Sept 20: National Pepperoni Pizza Day!
SOCCER SHOTS
Soccer Shots is back for the fall! This is a parent paid activity for your child to join if you wish. There is 1 class per week, every Tuesday morning starting September 12-November 14. The Minis will start at 9 am and the Classics will start at 9:35. Please visit mnwi.soccershots.com to register.
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EFC FAMILY PICNIC
More information to come! The date will be sometime early October. We would love to invite all families to join us for a picnic in the parking lot like last year.
PARENT REMINDERS
EFC CLOSED
Especially for Children will be closed September 2, for professional development and September 5, for Labor Day.
HEALTH CARE SUMMARY AND IMMUNIZATIONS
We appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep their child(ren’s) files updated at our center. Our license requires us to keep current records on site of each child. We need annual physical forms as well as the computer printout of updated immunizations. If you have an appointment scheduled, feel free to stop by the office to gather the necessary paperwork. Again—thank you for your help!
STAR WELLNESS
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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
6125 Cahill Ave.  
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 
(651) 450-1994  

Center Director:
Kristine Berg




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