EC3 Newsletter - 12/12/2014

Published: 2014-12-12

EC3 Holidays

EC3 will be closed on the following dates in the coming weeks for holiday celebrations:
* December 24 & 25 (Christmas)
* December 31 & January 1 (New Year)

As noted in the Parent Handbook, there is no tuition credit for holidays, sick days, vacation days, or unexpected closings, whether the child is enrolled full-time or part-time.

EC3 Staff Christmas Party

The EC3 staff is being treated to a Christmas party tonight! This year we will be celebrating at the Dispatch in Lansing. If you wish to contribute toward this effort, please make your donation in the office by the end of the day today —and thank you!

Federal Government Expands Support of Early Learning

At the White House Summit on Early Education on Wednesday, President Barack Obama called on business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials and members of the public to invest in the expansion of early childhood opportunities for children across the country through Invest in US, a public awareness campaign launched in partnership with the First Five Years Fund and its philanthropic partners. Already, dozens of corporations, foundations and individuals have agreed to dedicate a greater ongoing percentage of their philanthropy to expanding high quality early childhood programs and research as a strategy for achieving better education, health, social and economic outcomes, with commitments currently totaling more than $333 million. President Obama also announced over $750 million in federal funding for early learning programs through the Preschool Development Grants and Early Head Start Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, totaling more than $1 billion in critical investments in early childhood education announced today. EC3 will likely benefit from this support, as we explore potential partnerships with Early Head Start in the mid-Michigan area.

The Gift of Experience

Many of us are at a loss when it comes to answering the question: “What would the kids like for Christmas?” Check out this blog post about great “experience” gifts for your children this holiday season!

Donate by Year-End for Tax Deduction!

Since EC3 is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (and a family cooperative to boot!), all donations can be claimed as tax deductions for those of you who itemize! As you and your family make important decisions about charitable giving before 2014 comes to an end, please consider including EC3 among your beneficiaries. Your gift can make a difference to future families and to the teachers who will give them the same high-quality care they give to your child!

Year-End Payment Summaries Coming

Early in the New Year, we’ll be e-mailing 2014 EC3 payment summaries to all families whose children were enrolled during any portion of the year. If you need the information sooner, send an e-mail to Elisabeth Weston at and request it.

Lansing Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops – Wharton Center

Sunday, December 14th, 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate the season with the Lansing Symphony’s Holiday Pops! Enjoy an afternoon of all your holiday favorites with a guest vocalist and the marvelous MSU Youth Chorale. Come together with family, friends and the mid-Michigan community, and make your holiday festivities even more memorable at the Holiday Pops concert!

Weekend Family Fun

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! – Southside Community Center Lansing
December 12th through December 14th
Friday evening performances at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under.
The Mid-Michigan Family Theater Company is proud to present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, based on the award winning book by Barbara Robinson. In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

Breakfast with Santa – Lansing Mall
Saturday, December 13th at 9:00 a.m.
Join us in the food court for breakfast, a craft and story time with Santa. This event is free. All activities are while supplies last. A parent must be present with child at all times.

Stories with Santa & Mrs. Claus – Eastwood Towne Center
Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 a.m. to noon
Inside Schuler Books & Music Warm up by the fire and enjoy cookies and milk while listening to Santa and Mrs. Claus read holiday stories.

A Festival of Holidays – Lansing City Market
Every Saturday through December 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Join the Lansing City Market as they transform the Market into a Global Holiday celebration. The event includes live music, crafts, and foods from around the world.

Christmas in the Village – Meridian Historical Village
Saturday, December 14th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Join Santa and the Friends of Historic Meridian for an old-fashioned Christmas in the Village. Historic buildings will be open and decorated for the holidays. Volunteers in period dress will share some of the old traditions of Christmas a long time ago. Enjoy music of the season in the Village Chapel. Shop for many unique and hand crafted items in our Gift shop. And don't forget to stock up on our famous Barnes House Bean Soup! Community Christmas tree lighting at 4:00 p.m.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 12/15: Tuition grace period day; accounts paid in full by 6:00 p.m. will not be assessed a late fee
* Wednesday, 12/17: Toddler teacher Krista Besley’s birthday

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The staff at EC3 is incredible!! Since we came through for our first tour, they have done nothing but make us feel welcomed--like we are part of the family. They are so loving and knowledgeable, and they truly excel at what they do. We sincerely value their advice and concern toward the well-being of our children. Dropping them off each day is easier knowing how much they love EC3!!

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