The numerous traditional holidays celebrated in our community are incorporated into the curriculum and activity plans of each classroom in a non sectarian, non religious manner. In addition, we try to include those holidays from the diverse ethnic and national backgrounds represented in the children and families of our Center. Teaching about holidays is done through art, story telling, music, games, and foods typically associated with that holiday. We encourage you to share with your teacher any special days or holidays that your family celebrates.
Birthdays are recognized and celebrated individually in each group. Some parents choose to do a modest birthday party in the classroom for their child during snack time in the afternoon. This is entirely optional and should be discussed in advance with the teacher. It is requested that the ages of the children in the group and nutritional value of party food items be considered if you decide to bring in brownies or cupcakes or other birthday snacks. Smaller and healthier is always better in this regard. (Mini cupcakes are more appropriate than full size cupcakes.) Foods that may be a choke hazard for our youngest children are always a concern. (Hard candies are dangerous for Toddlers and many Preschoolers and can’t be offered.) As the Center is nut free, foods and snacks containing nuts of any kind cannot be offered.
Sometimes parents take the initiative to bring desserts and snacks for holidays and/or to show appreciation for the staff members. This is entirely voluntary. While these special treats are greatly appreciated, it is suggested that you speak with the teacher first because sometimes one class can wind up with multiple desserts in a single day. Also, if you intend for the treats to be given to the staff, you are welcome to put the food in the staff lounge in the second floor, if you prefer.
Our concern always lies with the health and safety of the children so we try to closely monitor the nutritional value of all that they are given to eat. Our goal is to deemphasize food and snacks as a focal point of classroom and Center celebrations. With childhood obesity reaching epidemic proportions in our society, we at EMCCC want to do our part to reverse that alarming trend. The children will learn just as much and have just as much fun even if their holiday treats are smaller and healthier.