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 in the quiet Evergreen Business Park behind the YMCA, 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


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.



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


My name is Dawn and I am excited to join the crew at EFC. I have been working with children since 2011 when I opened my own home daycare then moved into the center setting. From there I worked for a before/afterschool program with the Anoka Hennepin Schools. I am so happy to be back working with Toddlers; they have such unique personalities, and I love to watch them explore and grow. I have been married for over 30 years. My husband and I have 4 kid–3 girls and 1 son. We have 9 grandkids that we love and enjoy. My spare time is spent hanging out with my family, going to events to watch the grandkids, doing arts/crafts and word search and also watching the Twins/Vikings.


Preschool/Pre-K Teaching Staff


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 Rochelle and I work in the pre-kindergarten room. I have many years of experience teaching preschool children. Also, I have worked in a kindergarten classroom as well. I enjoy teaching preschoolers kindergarten readiness skills. I look forward to working with you and your children.



Hi, my name is Peyton and I am a preschool teacher at EFC. I graduated in 2019 with my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Minnesota State University Mankato. I have worked at EFC since 2016 and absolutely loved the preschool age. My favorite things to do outside of work are reading, playing volleyball, camping and spending time with my family. I look forward getting to know your child and having some fun at school with them!



My name is Christina. I am very excited to have joined the EFC team in 2020. I have been a preschool teacher since 2015 and completed my associates’ degree in May 2012 From Metropolitan community college in Kansas City. I have returned to school and currently working on my Bachelor’s in Human Services and will graduate in winter of 2021! Outside of work my favorite thing to do is spend time with my husband and family. I really love to travel and do weekend trips as often as we can.



I have been working with all age groups of kids since 2015, I started out my career at another center and joined EFC in August 2019. I enjoy every moment of working with kids, they are so bright and eager to learn at this age, they are always coming up with new things and the creativity of their minds is amazing! The preschool age is so much fun. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family & friends. I also like to do puzzles and challenge myself everyday by trying new things. I am also the crazy cat lady and have a calico cat who is our pride and joy.


Float Staff


Hello, I am Susan (Sue) I attended North Suburban Hennepin Technical Center for Child Development in 1977. I married in 1979, raised 4 daughters in Oak Grove on 7 acres. I continue to enjoy maintaining our property, caring for one of our daughter’s 2 horses, our 2 small dogs and 1 cat. I worked in St. Francis ISD 15 from 1989-1991 in various positions, ranging from the summer Kids Connection, Title I math/reading program to office professional – attendance/ enrollment. I retired in April 2019. I missed working with small children here at EFC and am so pleased to be working once again in the field I started in. I have a deep passion for children, their growth and learning. Life is grand.


Lisa K.

Hi my name is Lisa K. I have been working with children for 25+ years. I have an early childhood education. I enjoy working with all ages. I have three children of my own. I live in Andover.


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