Welcome to Especially for Children’s Eagan Child Development Center. We serve infant through school age children in a caring and safe environment. Our programs are based on the Creative Curriculum®, which is designed to encourage exploration and learning through play. Read more about our Learning Curriculum and Developmental Goals here.
At EFC Eagan, children enjoy a spacious, newly remodeled center with a Gym/Large Muscle room as well as two playgrounds with sandboxes and grassy hills. We are located next to Quarry Park, which features a baseball diamond, soccer field, playground, ice rink and sledding hill, so we have many opportunities to spend time outdoors. Throughout the day the children participate in a wide range of activities including art, reading, outdoor play, buggy rides (infants) and sign language. Music and movement classes are offered bi-monthly. We would love for you to visit us and learn more about your family!
Hello! My name is Bri Dieffenbach and I am one of the co-directors at Especially for Children in Eagan. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. During my professional career, I have worked entirely at child care centers. I have experience as a Twos teacher, an Assistant Director, and a Director. I love working with children and families. I live in White Bear Lake with my husband and 3 children: Jack, Leo, and Marcella. In my spare time I love camping, reading, taking pictures, and gardening. I’m so excited to be part of the Especially for Children family.
Hi, I am an assistant teacher in the Little Sprouts classroom. I started working at Especially For Children in February 2018. I had just moved from Owatonna, MN where I worked in another childcare center with all ages for almost 2 years. I graduated from MN School of Business with a AAS as a Paralegal in 2006. I have 3 girls Sandra 24, Sophia 6, and Lexi 5. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and we like to be spontaneous.
Hello! My name is Colleen. I joined EFC in February of 2013. I truly enjoy being an Early Childhood educator. I take great delight in caring for Seedlings and count it a blessing that I laugh frequently at work due to their antics! I have a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration on Early Childhood from Concordia, St. Paul. For over 30 years I’ve been involved in various settings of caring for and teaching young children. My husband and I have twin daughters and a son. We live in Inver Grove Heights. We love going on family driving trips and also watching classic movies. My goal as an Seedling teacher is to provide attentive care to these little ones in a nurturing and stimulating environment.
Hello, my name is Mara and I work in the Infant Room. I began working at EFC in June of 2018. I have an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and I’m finishing up my Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology. My daughter, Isabella, is two years old and she attends EFC in the Toddler Room. I enjoy spending time with family and traveling abroad (I have family in Italy). I’m very passionate about working with kids and having a positive impact on their lives.
I am the lead teacher in the Little Sprouts classroom. I have been working at Especially for Children since February 2015. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Educational Administration in 2013 from Ashford University. I also graduated from Rasmussen College in 2001 with a Childcare Specialist Certification. I currently live in Eagan with my three children (Lily, born 2006, Alex born 2007 and Jack, born 2014) and my fiancé Nick. In my spare time I enjoy knitting, watching movies and playing with my kids.
I am currently the Lead Teacher in the Sprouts classroom and have worked at Especially for Children since March of 2015. I am currently in school with plans to graduate in the winter of 2018 with an associate degree in Early Childhood and an emphasis on Sociology. I have worked with children for the last 8 years and have spent time in a variety of different age groups. I have always found myself loving the toddler age and enjoy watching the lightbulbs go off throughout learning. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my puppy Daisy and boyfriend Corey. I also enjoy taking photos and going to movies!
Hi, my name is Alex. I work in both toddler classrooms. I started working at Especially for Children in June 2014. I enjoy working with toddlers. I have babysat and volunteered at a few different daycares and I live in Farmington with my family and dog. When I’m not at work I like to watch Wild games, walk my dog, go for walks, hang out with my family and friends, and play softball.
Hello! My name is Grace, and I am currently working towards getting my AA degree in Early Childhood and plan to graduate in 2020. I love working with toddlers because they are super funny and talkative, and I am able to have conversations with them throughout the day. During my free time I love to babysit, spend time singing and hanging out with my friends and family. I have been working at Especially for Children since January 2015 and I am loving all of the opportunities here!
Hello! My name is Vicky and I began working at Especially for Children in March of 2018. I am the Lead Teacher in the Little Saplings Classroom and am so excited to be opening this classroom and working with preschoolers! I have a degree in Early Childhood Education from Rasmussen Business College in Eagan. I also was lucky enough to run my own in-home daycare business and program for 16 years! At home, I am married, have two daughters, and four beautiful grandchildren. In my spare time, I spend as much time with my family as I can.
Hello, my name is Mercedes Dake. I recently graduated from North Central University with a Bachelor of Arts in children and family ministry. At Especially for Children, I work in both the Saplings and Blossoms room. During my free time I enjoy snuggling with my cat Earl Gray while watching heroic movies.
My name is Theresa Stansbury. I am a Korean adoptive. I graduated from Metropolitan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Birth through 3rd Grade Urban Teaching and I minored in Child Psychology. I’ve been working in the field on and off since 1991 (mostly “on”). I was a nanny for 4 children ages 2.5 to 10 years old. The youngest was Lt. Gator in “The Last Ship,” I’m sure I was key to his success! In my free time I work on being creative.
My name is Brenda and I have been working at Especially for Children since May of 2017. I am a lead teacher in the Blossom classroom. I have a bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and I also ran my own in-home daycare for 15 years. I am married and have three kids at home. In my free time, I enjoy reading.
We are always greeted with smiles and enthusiasm no matter the hour of the day. Every important aspect of my daughter’s day is well-communicated and the positive environment is confirmed in the fact that my daughter is excited to go to the center every morning, and is in a great mood when I pick her up.