MAY 2024


Hello Angie,

We would like to invite our wonderful moms and special caregivers to join us for a Mother’s Day Tea on Thursday, May 9, between 4-5 PM, as you pick up your child.  Our Preschool Tea party (Puppies, Penguins & Polar Bears) will be held in the PreK classrooms and our Infant & Toddler Tea party (Pandas, Roos & Koalas) will be held in the Koala classroom, next to the office.


May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week. We will celebrate our wonderful teachers with a staff appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, May 7, and a breakfast on Friday, May 10--please check Daily Connect for a SignUpGenius link to bring in a treat for our staff for one of these two events. We will also have cards available for your child/ren to complete and add to our appreciation wall in the hallway.

Our friends the Wonder Weavers will be visit on Thursday, May 16, at 9 AM, and will tell spring stories to our toddlers & preschoolers!

Join us for our annual spring Kid Dance recital on Wednesday, May 22, at 5 PM in the Edinborough Park Theater. We are also performing for the seniors next door on Wednesday, May 29, at 9 AM. 

We will be holding parent/teacher conferences during the last two weeks of May. Conferences will be 20 minutes in length and will be held either virtually or in person. We hold conferences twice a year to keep you informed on your child’s progress as well as to discuss any questions that you may have about our program. To facilitate this process, please complete the Parent Conference questionnaire and return it to your child’s teacher before your conference. The questionnaires will be available in early May. We look forward to seeing you and working with you to help your child succeed.



We have a new selection of book bags available in the staff lounge/office area! Children can stop by and “check out” a book bag, take it home, read the books and bring it back a few days later for others to use. In some of the bags, a stuffed animal may accompany the books. We hope you will enjoy this added literacy opportunity!  


In our commitment to provide time and opportunities for staff to grow professionally, EFC will be closed on Friday, May 24, for a staff development day. EFC is also closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. We wish you a fun & safe holiday weekend!

Our summer program will begin on Monday, June 10. If you are changing your schedule for the summer, please keep in mind that we require a two-week notice for any changes. 

As the weather warms up, please make sure your child comes to school in closed toed & closed heel shoes for safe outdoor activities. We know that sandals are fun to wear but would appreciate appropriate shoes while at the center. Flip flops are not allowed at EFC.

Please also bring in a bottle of non-aerosol sunscreen (labeled with your child’s first & last name) for your child since we will be going outside more frequently as it warms up.  Because of licensing constraints, we ask that water bottles are not kept at the center. Instead, we have re-usable cups that we will use when we go outside.  We look forward to a fun outdoor season!!   


Screen Time and Young Children: Taking Stock 


We have heard it so many times that it may be easy to ignore the headlines: screens have transformed our lives in profound ways over the last several decades. Much of the recent media conversation has focused on the negative impact of smartphones, and especially social media, on the brain wiring and mental and emotional health of preteens, teenagers, and young adults.  


Research on the effects of screen time in young children can be confusing and contradictory. However, there are some clear tips from experts that can help parents and caregivers of children under 5 (whose brains are developing at an incredible rate) as they think about screen time:  


  • Children under 18-24 months: For children younger than 2, there is very limited benefit, and potential developmental risk, to screen viewing.  
  • Content Matters: The best content for children is slow-paced and reflects real life. (Think “old school” episodes of Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street versus frenetically paced cartoons, even those that are labeled “educational”). 
  • Behavior: Screen time should not be used to console. In addition, it may be helpful to assess how your child behaves before and after screen can make adjustments to the time spent or the type of content viewed by assessing your child’s behavior.  
  • Participation: Very young children get the most benefit from screen time when an adult watches with them, participates in active content, and follows up off-screen, reinforcing any lessons from the media content.  
  • Sleep: Screens should not be used 1 hour before bedtime as they have a negative effect on sleep. 


In considering how our children are affected by screens, experts also encourage adults to consider our own screen time in the equation (which can be very hard!). Children learn by observing the world around them and by interacting with their environment. It makes sense that both the child’s use of screens as well as their caregiver or family’s level of screentimecan impact development. 


Research is important and helpful, but we don’t need a study to understand that the world has changed due to the mobile devices in our pockets. Several months ago, while at the airport, I looked around and observed that nearly every person around me was looking down at a screen. A young toddler was standing close to her parents, taking in the environment around her, and I wondered to myself about what she was learning—or not learning—from this scene. She could not observe or hear many interactions between people because there were not many taking place. Eye contact, smiles, or friendly waves from passersby were nowhere to be found.  


Since that experience, I have tried to be much more aware of not taking out my phone in places where it has become the default norm—because children and adults of all ages still need to experience those interactions and allow their minds to wander. It can feel difficult, but also important, to resist the societal norm that screen-based connections take priority over real-world ones, even in places filled with strangers.  


Screen Free Week is coming up on May 6-12. This may be a great opportunity to disconnect and reflect on how screens, which are here to stay, and certainly have benefits (like keeping in touch with far-away grandparents or giving all family members a bit of time to decompress), best fit into the life of your family. 


Additional Resources 



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 - Edinborough

3300 Edinborough Way 

Edina MN 55435 

(952) 835-0505

Center Director

Anna Wilson

Center Assistant Director

Laura Garcia-LaPanta