Coon Rapids

Create. Laugh. Learn.

Lisa Ward
School Director
EFC Coon Rapids

Welcome to Especially for Children’s Coon Rapids Child Development Center. We serve infant through preschool age children in a caring and educational environment. A warm and friendly teaching staff is here to provide support for your child as well as engage him in learning activities that foster all areas of development.


Through the play-based Creative Curriculum®, your child will experience wonderful opportunities to grow socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally, and will prepare for entering kindergarten. Find out more about the Learning Curriculum and Developmental Goals here. Throughout the year we invite families to connect with one another at fun-filled events including the Mother’s Day Breakfast, Ice Cream Social, Holiday Concert and Halloween Party.


We have been serving families in the Coon Rapids area since 1995. Our newly remodeled location is in the quiet Evergreen Business Park behind the YMCA and just blocks away from Springbrook Nature Center. We invite you to visit the Especially for Children Coon Rapids School to see for yourself what a positive learning environment this can be for your child and family.


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8885 Evergreen Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN 55433



6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., M-F

Meet Our Teaching Staff



Hi, my name is Lisa Ward, and I am the Director at Especially for Children Coon Rapids. I started with EFC in December 2015. I have my degree in Early Childhood and have been in the field since 1986, working as a director since 1991. In my spare time, I enjoy time at the cabin, gardening and exploring the state on the motorcycle. I love getting to know the children and their families that entrust their most valuable possessions to my amazing team of teachers and me.


Infant Teaching Staff


Hi, I am Jackie. I have been an Infant teacher at EFC since 1995! I have a BS degree in Elementary Education. The highlights of my life have been my two children, my grandson, and the opportunity to work with so many amazing children. In my spare time I enjoy walking, reading, shopping and my computer.



My name is Emily, and I have been working with children since 2011. I started working for Especially for Children in April of 2016. During my free time I like to travel and go to sporting events. I look forward to meeting you and your children!



My name is Kelsey Harff. I’ve worked in the daycare field for 12 years. I’ve worked with all the ages and my specialty are the infants. I have most of my credits for an Arts Associates Degree. Children are my passion. They are funny, loving, unpredictable, and remind me to stop and smell the roses. I am married to a wonderful man named Brett and we had our first child 5 months ago. His name is Lucas. We found out recently that we are due for another bundle of joy. Probably due around the same time Lucas was due. We live in Albertville and have a Vizsla Labrador named Sage. I love spending time with my whole family, eating, and enjoying the outdoors.



Hi My name is Jana I have worked in the childcare field since 1985. One of my first jobs was at Especially for Children in Circle Pines. I have been worked at a few other centers as a teacher and Assistant Director. I returned to especially for children in summer of 2016. I enjoy gardening; I have a butterfly garden which I really enjoy. I love camping, sewing, walks and spending time with my family. I have two daughters and a granddaughter.



I was born and raised in South Minneapolis and relocated to Coon Rapids 20 years ago. I retired from Xcel Energy, where I worked in the Corporate Compliance and Business Ethics Department and was also a Contracts Specialist. I became bored with retirement and took a position as Nursery Supervisor at Faith Lutheran. I started working at EFC in January of 2015. I am very much enjoying my second career in childcare. I love to read and do scrapbooking. My real passion is my grand daughter, who is now a senior at Blaine High School and is on the Varsity Dance Team – Go Bengals!


Toddler Teaching Staff


Hi my name is Codi Goodwill and I graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Athletic Training and minors in Health Education and Health Science. I started working at EFC in March 2016. I am excited to meet you and your children! Go Big! Go Blue! Go Jacks!



Hello! My name is Danielle and I began working at EFC in June 2016. I have my B.S. in psychological sciences and a minor in biology from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. I am currently finishing up my master’s in clinical social work and I intend to do pediatric psychotherapy for foster care. I have recently moved back to the area from Duluth and I am excited to work with your children.


Preschool/Pre-K Teaching Staff


I’ve been working for this Coon Rapids Especially for Children for almost 26 years. I love children. They make my day. Now I’m currently working in the kitchen and classroom. I look forward to coming to work. It is a reward and keeps me young.



Hi, my name is Patria and I have been working with children for over 20 years. I started working at Especially for Children in 2010. I have my National CDA License and I am one year from having my AA Degree. I love coming to work everyday and hearing the children yell my name and I am just as excited to see them! I love my job!



Hello, my name is Susan. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Cloud State University. I have taught preschool and toddlers in the past and have also run an in-home childcare. I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to teach pre-kindergarten and EFC! I have 2 children of my own who are also enrolled at EFC. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and crafting.



Hello, my name is Brenda and I work in the preschool room. I studied Child Development at Anoka Hennepin Technical College. I have been apart of the EFC team since 2001. I enjoy watching each child learn and the excitement they get from each new experience. I enjoy walking outside and supporting Minnesota sports teams.


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