Cultivating Curiosity in the Classroom

What is EL Education? EL Education, formerly known as Expeditionary Learning, is a hands-on approach to teaching that provides children with the opportunity to explore, learn, and grow through meaningful interactions at home, at school, and in the community. For 25...

Helping Your Child Prepare for a Successful New Year

Happy January! That glorious month when twinkling holiday lights make way for snow, gray skies and frigid temperatures. The time of year when each of us inevitably asks that age-old question: why do we choose to live in Wisconsin? Then we remember…it is only five...

Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Happen

It’s almost time to wish you a Happy New Year! Are you making a New Year’s Resolution for 2018? If so, good for you! Unfortunately, simply resolving to make the change is the easy part. Making the time to achieve your goals without shaking up your entire household...

SFCC Awarded Accreditation

St. Francis Children’s Center’s Early Childhood Education Program recently received accreditation by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC). NAC offers early childhood leaders the opportunity to demonstrate and document...

St. Francis Children’s Center Has “Sister School” in Taiwan

Charity Yang, Director of the St. Theresa Opportunity Center in Taiwan, recently visited with our students and staff. She spent the morning participating in our programs, and then shared beautiful gifts that she had brought from overseas. It had been two decades since...

When it Stings the Nose and Bites the Toes: Stay Inside and Play!

As the leaves have fallen and the weather turns into chilly winds and snow, many outdoor activities for our children are curtailed. The great energy release of the outdoors is much more limited, and it becomes important to have indoor activities for the whole family...

Sibshops: Celebrating Siblings of Children with Special Needs!

The typically developing brothers and sisters of children with special needs are a special group too. Though they are unique individuals, they often share a set of concerns and challenges that come with their role. A significant fact sometimes overlooked is that these...

The Importance of Gratitude

Remember way back when you brought your newborn home from the hospital? You were in complete awe with his or her tiny ears, fingers and mouth! You jumped at every new movement your baby made and celebrated it with pictures, and for some of you, probably even posted it...