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.
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.
Hi families! My name is Savannah Wandler and I am a teacher’s aide in the infant room. I’ve been working with children since 2014. I’ve worked with infants through the preschool age. I was born in Dickinson, North Dakota and moved to Minnesota in 2017. I have two brothers and three sisters so family is a huge part of my life. Spending time with loved ones is very important to me. I’m also a big lover of animals having two cats of my own. On my free time I love going up north to the cabin. Fishing and photography are two of my favorite hobbies. My favorite part of working with children is watching them apply what you’ve taught them and grow as individuals. I love it here at Especially for Children and look forward to the future here!
Hi! My name is Emily. I am currently undergoing my Child Development degree at Hennepin Tech. I am so excited to be working at Especially for Children. In my free time I enjoy swimming and enjoying nature. I am so excited to be able to get to know all of the children here at Especially for Children!
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!
Hello my name is Kathy and I’ve been with Especially for Children since 2017. I have been working with children for 11 years. I love seeing the excitement of the children when they accomplish new things. There is never a dull moment! I look forward to teaching your children to be happy, self-confident and proud of learning new things.
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.
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.
Hi My name is Jordan. I started working at EFC in 2018 in the preschool room. I graduated from Coon Rapids in 2014 and am currently in school attaining my degree in Social Working. I love sports as they are a huge part of my life growing up. For hobbies I love to work out! That’s a little about me and I look forward to hanging out with the preschoolers!!
Hello, my name is Jackie. I have worked at EFC since 2018. I have about 9 years’ experience in childcare. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the dog park with my dogs, and reading a good book. My favorite part of my job is definitely the look on your child’s face when they accomplish something new. It always brightens my day.
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.
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.
We have been fortunate to be part of the Coon Rapids Especially for Children family for over 4 years. Our oldest son began in the infant room four years ago and is now in his last year of preschool at EFC. My younger son also began in the infant room and is now a toddler. My husband and I are continuously thankful that we found such a safe and nurturing environment for our young boys. Our children look forward to going to school every day and often don’t want to leave. The activities and curriculum provided for our children are engaging, age appropriate, and focused on lifelong skills, such as nutrition. The biggest advantage to EFC compared to other centers we visited is the quality of the staff. All of the staff at this center truly cares about our children and our family. Our boys talk lovingly about their teachers all of the time. We would not hesitate to recommend the Coon Rapids EFC center to anyone.
I am the mother of two girls who previously attended EFC Coon Rapids. I have nothing but good things to say about it. My girls are very shy, and take extra encouragement when it comes to being away from me as well as making new friends, and the teachers at EFC helped them in every way possible to do so. They were very loving and caring. The girls also learned so much while they were there, they did so many activities (like walking to the nature center down the street.) My oldest daughter made her first friend at EFC. Unfortunately, because we moved over 20 miles away, we had to leave the center. The teachers in my kids’ classrooms made them goodbye cards, and we still get emails from the center inviting us to events and have always been welcome to stop in and visit. EFC is by far the best child care center I have ever seen (and that’s coming from someone who previously worked in childcare themselves!) They helped my oldest grow into a more social child, and they helped my youngest gain positive childcare experiences (she started when she was just a baby.) I am very grateful for EFC and all the teachers there, and we miss the center very much!
The field trips…to the local nature center and Creative Movement and Music programs have been wonderful for my child. My child LOVES art and I am convinced that is because of the wonderful stimulation he receives at school.