SEPTEMBER: A MONTH TO CONNECT!
There is always an excitement about September at Especially for Children, even in a year as uncertain as this one. As summer winds down, we look forward to the new routines and change of pace that fall brings.
There is so much information available to guide our teachers in designing their daily routines and curriculum. We continue to use The Creative Curriculum as the framework for our programs. For infants and toddlers, the curriculum focuses on routines and experiences that help children and caregivers develop relationships with one another and begin to explore the world around them. In preschool and PreK, project- and inquiry-based studies provide learning opportunities that support social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
In addition, we have the criteria from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation, the Minnesota PARENT AWARE program, the MN licensing standards and the assessment tool we use called Desired Results. Providing Early Childhood Education is definitely not babysitting!
We know that interaction with caring adults is central to your child’s development. So we want to partner with you to help your child feel confident and secure with us.
on what children need from relationships, in addition to people who express caring. It is a good list to share and consider as we partner for the benefit of your child.
Express Care – We will show your child that we like him/her and want the best for him.
Challenge Growth – We will challenge your child to continuously learn.
Provide Support – We will help your child complete tasks and achieve goals.
Share Power – We will listen to your child and let him/her help in making decisions.
Expand Possibilities – We will help your child expand his/her horizons and connect her to opportunities.
As we begin the school year, please know that it is our strong desire to have close relationships with you as well. We will share stories, tell you of your child’s experiences with us and help you to feel confident that your child is learning both life skills and school readiness skills. We hope you will share with us the joys and challenges you are experiencing as parents. Together we can form a great team of caring coaches for your child!