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!
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.
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.
Hello! My name is Perla. I work in the infant room. I joined EFC in July of 2020. I received my CDA in June of 2019. I began working in childcare in 2014 and I have worked with Infants through School Age. In my free time I like to read and paint. I also love spending time with my family, as well as my boyfriend and our little zoo.
Hello! My name is Katie and I joined EFC in November of 2020. I have experience working with infants in childcare since 2016. In 2019, I took a brief break when I began working in an emergency department. I moved down to St. Paul in 2019 to attend Concordia University where I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I am set to graduate in May, 2022. When I am not at work or in school, I love to spend my time outside as much as I can and love hanging out with my friends and family.
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.
Hello! My name is Kia and I recently graduated from North High School. I am currently going to school for early childhood education. I grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and have 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Some of my favorite things to do are painting, hiking, singing, and during the summer I spend most of my time playing volleyball. I have a twin sister who I love to death! She is my favorite person ever and I know that she will always be by my side.
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.
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 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.
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.
I love being a part of the EFC team! I have worked with children since 2009 and am so thankful for all the experiences I’ve had and the memories I’ve made. My son, Clay, is also a part of EFC and is so excited about learning and all EFC has to offer! Outside of work I like to spend most of my time with my son doing outside activities. I also enjoy being with friends, going to the gym and exploring new places.
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!
Hello! I am working in the Young Preschool classroom as an Assistant Teacher. I am currently working towards getting my AA degree in Early Childhood and plan to graduate in 2020. I love working with young children 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 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.
Hello. My name is Analive, and I am from Costa Rica. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Sciences. I have worked as a teacher since 2009 in an elementary school in Costa Rica. I have had a wonderful time with my students all these years. Now I live in this beautiful country since July of 2020. I am very happy to work with Ms. Vicky and to be a part of the great team at Especially for Children. I am sure that I will have an unforgettable experience with preschoolers.
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.