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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Hours and Map
ADDRESS:

8885 Evergreen Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

 

Hours:

6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., M-F

Meet Our Teaching Staff

Director


Lisa

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


Brenda

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.

 


Ebere

Hi, my name is Ms. Ebere. I am a mum, wife, daughter, and sister. I have three amazing boys, Joshua 12, Jason 10, and Jayden is 7. I live in Coon Rapids. I am currently studying for my Master’s degree in Child & Family Studies and licensure in Parent Education from St. Cloud State University. I love children and enjoy teaching young children.

 


Sharon

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!

 


Anissa

Hello! My name is Anissa. I have 3 wonderful children. 2 of them go to school and my youngest one is here at the center. In our free time we love to be outside whenever possible. We love swimming, going to parks, going on walks. In the winter, we enjoy going to museums and indoor playgrounds.

I have been in childcare for almost 6 years! I’ve worked with all ages. I love being a teacher. I enjoy watching each child develop, learn and grow. I love being a part of watching them hit milestones and celebrating those milestones with them. Being an early childhood teacher is such a rewarding experience.

I can’t wait to get to know you and your children!

 

Toddler Teaching Staff


Emily

Hi my name is Emily Sampson and I work in the toddler room. I am currently a full time student double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I love sports and I am currently running collegiate track and field. I love working with children and making a positive impact on their lives is a long term goal I wish to continually achieve. I am excited for the opportunity to teach and guide our future leaders.

 


Cheyanne

My name is Cheyanne. I moved to Coon Rapids from Southern Minnesota where I worked as a toddler teacher. I am excited to start my new journey with Especially for Children.

 


Dacota

Hello! My name is Dacota. I am a toddler teacher here at Especially for Children. I have my bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and American Indigenous Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I love working with children and helping them learn about the world and community we live in. In my free time I love reading, quilting and playing with my 6 crazy pets , two cats and four ferrets.

 


Diane

My name is Diane, I am so excited to be a integral part of your child’s life. I bring with me almost 30 years in Early Education, working with children of all ages, the majority being infants and toddlers. I absolutely love my “job” and believe that teaching is way more than a job–it’s a chance to change our future. I have 3 grown children and 3 Grandsons as well as another on the way (crossing my fingers it’s a girl). Thank you so much for allowing me into your child’s life.

 

Preschool/Pre-K Teaching Staff


Hala

Hi my name is Hala. I have about 20 years of hands-on experience in early childcare, including working in pre-schools and as the director of a center. In my roles I have developed emergent curriculum to help children reach their fullest potential, while fostering a safe and loving environment for children. I love watching the new skills kids learn throughout the year and the bond we form along the way. I truly have a passion for childcare and giving kids a nurturing environment to play learn. When I’m not working with kids I’m spoiling my own grandkids!

 


Susan

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.

 


Rochelle

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.

 

Float Staff


Sue

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.

 


Allison

Hi my name is Allison Hoover. I just recently moved to MN from Mobile, AL. I am so truly excited to start this new chapter of my life. I look forward to work with all of the children and the Especially for Children family.

 


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.

 


Simone

Hi, my name is Simone and I studied Music Education at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and love finding different ways to use music in the classroom! I’m very excited to work in our toddlers room, and grow with them!

 


Shelly

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.

 

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