SEPTEMBER 2022
Greetings!

WELCOME
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 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.
CENTER HAPPENINGS
SOCCER
Soccer is back for the fall! This is a parent paid activity for your child to join if you wish. There is one class per week, every Friday morning. Watch for more information on email.
FUN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER
Thursday, September 1 - Wear your best state fair outfit
Week of September 5 - PAJAMA WEEK
Friday, September 16 - Vikings Day
Tuesday, September 20 - Paw Patrol Day
Friday, September 23 - Wear the color of your favorite vegetable
Thursday, September 29 - Farmer Day
SAVE THE DATE:
Thursday, October 6, 4:30-6:30 at “Rock the Play ground” Family event!! Join us for a DJ and Dinner as we dance the night on the playground!!  
PARENT REMINDERS
EFC CLOSED
Especially for Children will be closed on Friday, September 2, for our Staff Development Day and Monday, 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!
CUBBY CHECK
As we begin this new school year, please take a moment to check your child’s cubby and make sure that your child has weather appropriate clothing that still fits (they grow so fast!)
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
Center Director
Lisa Ward
8885 Evergreen Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(763) 784-0901
Apple Orchards
Aamodt's, Stillwater
Deer Lake, Buffalo
Emma Krumbee's, Belle Plain
Minnetonka, Minnetrista


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