APRIL 2024


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Dear Angie,

April 6-12, 2024 is Week of the Young Child. This is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s largest organization of early childhood professionals with more than 80,000 members and a network of 300 local, state and regional affiliates. 

The purpose of Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs/services that meet those needs. 

NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. Each class will participate the special week: 

Music Monday (Monday, April 8) 

Tasty Tuesday (Tuesday, April 9)

Work Together Wednesday (Wednesday, April 10)

Artsy Thursday (Thursday, April 11)

Family Friday (Friday, April 12)


Dress Up Days (Week of the Young Child) 

Monday, April 8: Backward/Inside Out Day 

Tuesday, April 9: Wear your favorite sports gear 

Wednesday, April 10: Wacky Hair Day 

Thursday, April 11: Especially for Children Spirit Day! Wear purple, pink, and teal 

Friday, April 12: Wear your favorite P.J.’s 

EFC Mail 

During Week of the Young Child we will have a mailbox in the family lounge where you can write your child a special note. It will be delivered to the classrooms via EFC mail and read to your child that day!

Costume Kim, Storyteller

Costume Kim will be here on Thursday, April 11 at 9:00am. She will be reading and singing about “Ribbit for Rain & the Earth. 

Parent Appreciation! 

We would like to honor our parents and guardians this April with a special Grab N Go Breakfast. Thank you all for being such great role models and caregivers to all the children. Breakfast will be at the main table on Tuesday, April 16. Please feel free to help yourself on your way out that morning! 



EFC will host conferences during late April and May so please watch for further information. 

Summer Schedules 

With summer right around the corner, please inform us of any schedule changes or vacations that you have planned. We look forward to a great summer season here at EFC! 

Upcoming days EFC will be closed...

EFC will be closed on Friday, May 24, for our Staff In-service Day, as well as Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.                         


I have a confession to make…I don’t always enjoy playing with my kids. I know that makes me sound like a terrible parent, so let me explain (and try to defend myself a little!). Play is important for kids – more than important, play is essential. Knowing that, I seek out as many opportunities as possible for my kids to play. But when they ask me to play with them, I sometimes bristle. Imaginative play, such as playing make believe, just doesn’t do it for me. I struggle getting into “character” and if I am honest, I find the whole thing just a little dull. Phew, it feels good to confess!

But just because I don’t like a certain type of play doesn’t mean that I write off the importance of play altogether. As much as we have all read the research on the important role play has in early childhood development, we may not be as aware of the fact that play is critical for us as adults too. Even for adults, play has some serious benefits: it encourages creativity, releases endorphins, and improves brain function. Play reduces stress and promotes joy. And we could all use a little less stress and a little more joy.

The good news (for me and hopefully for you) is that there are many different ways to play. So if you, like me, don’t exactly love sitting down to a tea party, rest assured that there are many ways to engage in play with your children that are fun for you and for them. Brené Brown, professor and nationally recognized author, writes that play has three key elements:

  1. It’s time spent without purpose
  2. It’s something you don’t want to end
  3. It leads to a loss of self-consciousness.[1]

By those metrics, there are a myriad of ways that we as adults can embrace play in our lives. Make believe is only one type of play, but (thankfully) there is the rough-and-tumble play of sports, the ritual play of games like chess, the body play of hiking or yoga, and the object play of building legos or making a fort.[2] In all of these types of play we can get lost in the moment with our children and embrace the joy of play as simply that – something done joyfully and without and end in mind. So get out there and find your favorite way to play.

[1] https://www.shortform.com/blog/brene-brown-creativity/

[2] https://wanderlust.com/journal/the-importance-of-play-in-adulthood/



Now-4/7 World of Wonder, Galleria, Edina

Now-4/28 Spring Flower Show, Como Park Conservatory, St. Paul

4/3-4/14 The Name Jar, Stages Theatre, Hopkins

4/4 & 4/5 Needle Felted Insects, Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

4/6 & 4/13 Easter Egg Hunts, various locations

4/7 Goldy's Gallop Kids Run, TCF Bank Stadium

4/14 Family Day: Spring Magic, MIA, Minneapolis

4/19-5/19 Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical Jr., Stages Theatre, Hopkins

4/19 & 4/20 Kids at the Castle: When Spring Comes, Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

4/20 Earth Day Clean Up, multiple parks in Mpls

4/23-6/16 A Year with Frog and Toad, Children’s Theatre, Minneapolis              

4/29 Little Chippers Sprocket Scamper, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis

Especially for Children - Eden Prairie

6223 Dell Road 

Eden Prairie, MN 55346

(952) 934-1119


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Cathie Underwood and Jamie Kittleson