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!
Hi. My name is Pam and I am co-director here at Especially for Children in Eagan. I live in Cottage Grove with my husband, Mike, and school-aged son, Ryan. I have my B.S degree from St. Cloud State with a major in Social Work and my Teaching License in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of St. Thomas. I have been working in child care centers since 1998 and have held positions as teacher, Assistant Director and Director. Growing up I always knew I wanted to be around children, and my passion for working in the field of Early Childhood really started while I was working at a center after college. I enjoy being able to help parents make the transition back to work by providing a safe and fun environment for children to thrive in.
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! My name is Anna, and I am 21 years old. I work as an Aide between the two Seed classrooms. I am a graduate of Eagan High School. I have worked with children for a total of 4 years, both in day care centers and as a nanny! I come from a family of four; myself, my mom, my dad and my older sister. We also have two dogs.
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.
I am working in the Sprouts classroom as an Experienced Aide. 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!
Hi, my name is Claire, and I am delighted to be here at EFC! In my experiences as a sister to a now – Airborne Infantryman, an aunt of four, and a Nursery server in my local church for 12 sweet babies, I have come to richly know children as beautiful blessings. Upon completing my B.A. in Psychology at the University of St. Thomas, my desire to further nurture and learn from children led me here! In addition to working with kids and families, I enjoy photography, road trips, reading, and cooking for my friends and family.
Hi! My name is Adrienne and I am so happy to join EFC! I have two children of my own, ages 10 and 6. We like to keep busy with sports and others events they are involved in. I really enjoy working with children of all ages and love to see them grow and become their own individual. I am so excited to be working the in the infant room where I can give lots of TLC!
Hi, My name is Taylor and I work in the Infant room. I have worked at EFC – Eagan before, and I am so excited to be back! I have been working with children for as long as I have been able to work. Children bring so much fun and happiness to my life. I am currently working towards a degree in Child Psychology. In my free time, I love to travel, take photos, spend time with family and friends, and go to hockey games! I look forward to meeting all of you!
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 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.
Hello! I’m Leah and I work in the Saplings Classroom. I have been working at Especially for Children since January of 2015. I started my journey here as a toddler teacher and then found my way over to Preschool. I have a Family Science Social degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In my spare time, I love to read, and I spend most of my free time with friends and family.
Hey there, I’m Jesse Baker. It has been my pleasure to teach Saplings at the Eagan Especially for Children since spring of 2015. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and with an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education at Rasmussen College. My favorite things are punk rock, Dungeons and Dragons, comic books and horror films.
Hello, my name is Teja. I love music, as well as theatre and soccer. I have always loved working with kids, and work well with them because I too am still a kid at heart. I’ve been working with children for many years, and hope to pursue a career as a pediatrician or child psychologist after high school and college. I will be working mostly in the preschool room, but also helping in other classrooms as needed.
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.