SEPTEMBER 2022
Greetings!

WELCOME
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.
CENTER HAPPENINGS
SOCCER
We will once again be offering soccer class this fall through Rev Sports. Hopefully the link to enroll soon. More information on dates and times is on the way! 
STRETCH-N-GROW
Coach Nikki has a degree in Community Health Education and is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and fitness instructor. Stretch-n-Grow is designed to promote exercise and wellness for children through games, music and stories. A short wellness lesson is followed by warm-up, exercise and cool down; teaching children that exercise is fun and important for good health! Nikki is here every other Tuesday afternoon.
PICTURE DAY!
I have scheduled Lifetouch Photography Thursday, October 13, for our fall pictures. If Thursday is not a scheduled day for your child, we would still love for them to attend for their picture. We will be taking individual and sibling photos.
PARENT REMINDERS
CENTER CLOSED
EFC will be closed on Friday, September 2, for our Staff Development Day, as well as Monday, September 5, for Labor Day. By closing the center for a staff development day, EFC’s goal is to provide our staff with time to complete a portion of their in-service hours required by Licensing, and to let them know they are valued employees. Have a fun, safe holiday weekend!
GOODBYE TO SUMMER
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
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
5133 W. 98th St. 
Bloomington, MN 55437  
(952) 831-1435 

Center Director:
Kathy Hane

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