EFC Parent Blog

As a follow-up to our Especially for Parents article on cultivating empathy in your child, check out the video below from Sesame Street with Murray and Mark Ruffalo. Have you found effective ways of explaining or modeling empathy to your child? We'd love to hear...

These amazing directors have been with Especially for Children for over 20 years! We are incredibly grateful for their hard work, dedication to children and families, senses of humor, commitment to the staff at their centers and so much more. Read a bit more about (pictured from...

Sue Smith has worked for Especially for Children - Edina/Edinborough since August of 1987, making her the teacher with the second-longest tenure in the company! Tell us a bit about yourself… My husband Steve and I celebrated our 40th anniversary this year! We have lived in Edina for many years...

The gardens at our schools are transforming before our eyes. It has been a wonderful experience for the children to plant, water, weed, observe, cook and taste! We've had some special visitors in our gardens including many bugs and even some baby bunnies! Check out...

Lynn Livingston has worked for Especially for Children - Eden Prairie since November of 1989, making her one of our longest-term teaching staff! Read more about Lynn below. Tell us a bit about yourself… I grew up in Bloomington and live in Chanhassen.  My mom and sister...

Bernie Busch, EFC Edina/W 70th Street Bernie Busch joined Especially for Children 26 years ago and currently teaches preschool at EFC’s Edina/W 70th location. We are so appreciative of his dedication to the field of early childhood education and his positive attitude. Read more about Bernie...

Kathy Brotten, EFC Circle Pines Kathy started her career at EFC in 1980 at the Brooklyn Park center. She met her husband Dean in 1983 at a softball game. They married shortly afterwards. Dean retired a few years ago and they enjoy as much time as...

The real focus in the preschool years should be not just on vocabulary and reading, but on talking and listening. ERIKA CHRISTAKIS, The Atlantic   In this month's Especially for Parents article, we discussed the core values of our curriculum and goals at Especially for Children. We touched on the...

If you need some inspiration to get the family moving this winter, check out this fun video of a toddler breakdancing with his dad. What a fun way to spend a cold afternoon! ...