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


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!



Hello, my name is Perla and I have been working with kids since I was 14. I started working at EFC in January of 2017. Working with kids has always been a passion and I still love doing it! On my free time I like to watch movies or go on long walks with my friends. I am fluent in English and Spanish. I am also a huge fan of antiques and anything vintage.



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


Hello my name is Erica and I’ve been with Especially for Children since February of 2017. I love working with toddlers because it is so exciting to see them explore their world and conquer new challenges, like learning to jump, use the bathroom and play with friends. In my spare time I like to draw, go on nature walks and be with my family. A fun fact about me: I attended this Coon Rapids Especially for Children as a child, so I am very passionate about the center as the 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.



Hello, my name is Felicia Maison. I’m honored to be a part of EFC. I enjoy working with all of the staff members at EFC because they are all wonderful people. I recently graduated from Hennepin Technical College with my AAS in Early Childhood. During my spare time I like to cook, clean and visit family members. Children have always been a significant part of my life and that is why I chose to work in the child care field. You the parents are your child’s first and best teachers. My role is to create a partnership that will continue to foster what you have already begun to teach them. I am looking forward to working together to help your son or daughter reach their full potential.


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 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.



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.



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.


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