Eagan

Create. Laugh. Learn.

Kate and Kari, EFC Directors
School Directors
EFC Eagan

 

Welcome to Especially for Children’s Eagan Child Development Center. We serve infant through Pre-K 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!

 

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Hours and Map
ADDRESS:

3370 Coachman Rd.
Eagan, MN 55121

 

HOURS:

6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., M-F

Meet Our Teaching Staff

Directors


Kate

Hello! My name is Kate Beck, and I am very excited to be a part of Especially for Children. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Family Life Education. I began working in Early Childhood Education in 2001 as an early preschool teacher and became a Child Care Director in 2002. I love working with teaching staff and families and seeing the personalities of young children emerge. I live in Cottage Grove with my two children and our cat, Will.

 


Kari

Hello! My name is Kari Kogler, and I am one of the co-directors at Especially for Children in Eagan. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University, a Pre-Primary teaching license endorsement from St. Kate’s, and my Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Minnesota State University- Mankato. I have worked in both daycares and public schools during my career. I have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade in the public schools. I also have experience as a lead teacher in the infant, toddler, preschool, and school age classrooms at childcare centers. I love working with children and their families and supporting teaching staff. I live in North Saint Paul with my husband, Ryan, and our yellow lab, Gracie. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, travel, and bake. I am so excited to be part of the Especially for Children family!

 

Infant Teaching Staff


Molly

Hello! I’m excited to provide care for your child! I am lucky to have joined EFC in March 2020. I have always known I would pursue a career working with children, and have a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from UW-Stout. After college I spent about 9 years living in the Seattle area, but am loving being back in my home state of MN and closer to family. I have two daughters, Lilly and Lexa, to keep me busy outside of the classroom. We enjoy as much outdoor time as possible in summers and then hunker down for family movies or game nights in MN winters.

 

Toddler Teaching Staff


Mandy

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 four children (Lily, born 2006, Alex born 2007, Jack, born 2014, and Max born in 2020). In my spare time I enjoy knitting, watching movies and playing with my kids.

 


Alex

Hi, my name is Alex. I work in the Little Sprouts classroom. 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.

 


Abbey

Hello! My name is Abbey and I work in the toddler classrooms. I started at EFC in February 2022 but I have been working with kids for a long time. I am a professional dancer and dance instructor. I dance with the 612 crew for the Minnesota Timberwolves. I also teach and choreograph for competitive dance studios. I love bringing my love for music an dance into the classroom. When I am not working, I enjoy snuggling up with my kitties and doing art projects.

 


McKenzie

Hello! My name is McKenzie. I grew up in Green Bay, WI and have also lived in Mississippi and Maryland before moving to Eagan, MN. I have my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and have been working with toddlers since 2016. I love the Green Bay Packers, my two cats, and my husband, Colin. I love helping little minds grow, learn, and discover new things!

 

Preschool/Pre-K Teaching Staff


Vicky

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.

 


Rocio

Hello! My name is Rocio. I am originally from Mexico City, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Education. I have lived in Minnesota for over 25 years! I have worked in childcare and education since 1985 and have worked with all ages from infants through kindergarten. I have special training and experience in Educational Psychology and Nurturing Child – Rearing. I am passionate about working with children of diverse backgrounds, and particularly enjoy teaching my students about Spanish language and culture. Outside of work I enjoy gardening, scrapbooking and playing with my grandchildren!

 


Grace

Hello! My name is Grace and I am a lead teacher at Especially for Children. I have completed my AA degree in Early Childhood in the Spring of 2020. I love teaching young children and being able to watch them grow every single day. I am married to my husband, Jake and love spending time with family. I have been working at Especially for Children since February 2015 and I am loving all of what I have accomplished here.

 


Courtney

Hello! My name is Courtney and I be work in the PreK classroom! I have been working with children since 2007 and started at my first center in 2015. I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends when I am not working at my second job. I currently live in Cannon Falls with my grandpa and my cat, Dozier! I am so excited to start my journey at Especially for Children.

 


Julie

Hello! My name is Julie Bazzani and I have been working with children since 2013. I graduated from Winona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Early Childhood. I joined EFC in 2021 when the center I had been with for eight years closed. I am so happy to be a part of a new family! I live in Lakeville with my husband Declan, and our two boys Kieran and Aiden. Aiden was born with a congenital heart defect (Tetralogy of Fallot) and had corrective surgery at six months old. He is happy and thriving now! Because of this, I am a big advocator for CHD. My favorite thing about working with kids is that every day is different, and I love their fresh perspective of the world!

 


Chase

Hello! My name is Chase. I started working at EFC in November of 2021. I have worked with children since 2019. I started working in toddler classroom and moved to the Pre-K classroom in the spring of 2022. I have two daughters and spend any time outside of work with them, my husband, and my two dogs. I am so excited to continue working in the Pre-K room and meet lots of new friends!

 

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