We wish for peace, joy, and happiness for all the children throughout the world. Thank You! If you visit our child care program before lunch or snack time, you will see preschool-aged children signing as well as reciting this wish. Especially for Children in Eden Prairie/Minnetonka strives to provide young children with a strong early childhood experience for infants through school-age.
Using the Creative Curriculum® model, teachers help children achieve individual as well as group goals through play-based learning. Monthly field trips, in-house visitors, and special family events enrich our program. We are located in the upper northwest corner of Eden Prairie, directly bordering Chanhassen and Minnetonka. EFC Eden Prairie/Minnetonka was established in the fall of 1988 and have over 230 years of combined staff experience with children, and managers who have been here since the opening of this program. We invite you to visit our program and meet our teaching staff! We look forward to getting to know your family!
Hi! My name is Cathie, and I am the director here at Especially for Children in Eden Prairie. I have worked at this center since 1988. I live in Chaska with my husband, Dave, and sons, Max, and Sean. Max and Sean attend Minnetonka High School and are alumni of EFC. I have my B.S. teaching degree from Winona State University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood. I have taught toddlers and young preschoolers at the Eden Prairie location as well as held the position of assistant director. I knew as a little girl that I wanted to teach and work with children. I found my passion was working with early childhood aged children after I graduated from college and have been doing ever since. I love their curiosity, enthusiasm for learning, and smiley faces. It is a privilege to be able to work with young child(ren) each day and get to know your families.
Hi! My name is Jamie and I am the director at Especially for Children in Eden Prairie. I have worked at this center since 2007. When I started working here, I got the experience to work in the Pre-Kindergarten room and then moved into the Early Preschool Room and now I have worked up to being an Assistant Director. I have my Bachelor of Science from St. Cloud State University in Elementary Education. I live on a hobby farm in Minnetrista with my husband Jeff and three children Lizzie, Sam, and Jacob. Some of the fun things I like to do is photography, boating, riding the Harley and spending time with my family and friends.
Hi! My name is Larissa and I am the teacher of the Older Infants or also known as the Bumblebee Room. I have been working for EFC since 2013. I went to the University of Central Missouri and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development. While I was there, I was fortunate enough to be a student athlete. I was on the Division II Women’s Bowling team. Bowling is a passion of mine along with family. I love spending quality time with my husband Rob, my daughter Lily and son Cash. I love working with children of all ages.
Hi, my name is Uma and I am a teacher in both younger and older infant rooms. I have been with Especially for Children since 2015. I received my master’s in mathematics at Osmania University. I live in Eden Prairie with my family. I worked at KUMON (math and reading) center for the last five years. I helped children from the ages of 3-12 years. I love working with children of all ages. I am excited to be part of Especially for Children.
Hi! My name is Stefanie, and I am the older Toddler teacher. I have been working for EFC since 2013. I really enjoy all the energy this group comes with daily and love exploring the world through their eyes. No day is ever quite the same and for that I am grateful. My husband, Dalton and I moved to Minnesota from Iowa after finishing college. I went to the University of Northern Iowa for a bachelor’s degree in Family Services and Psychology. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors (running, biking, camping), reading, and spending time with my daughter Eloise and my family and friends.
Hi! My name is Christine and I have been with EFC since 2014. I graduated from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN with a B.S. Degree in Social Science. I live in Watertown, MN with my husband Wyatt and my son Connor. We love going camping and fishing in our spare time.
Hello! My name is Christine and I have been working at this center since 2015. I am an Eden Prairie High School graduate. Some of my favorite things to do outside of work is find new hiking spots with my sister and spend time with friends. I work mostly with the younger toddlers.
Hello! My name is Abby and I have been working at EFC since 2017. I graduated from Luther College with a degree in English. In my free time I like watching movies, reading, creating Shutterfly photobooks, and spending time with my family and friends. I love working in early childhood, watching kids fall in love with learning. I cannot wait to get to know you and your children.
Hi! I am Lindsey and I have been working at EFC since 2019. I have been working with kids for quite a few years. Nothing makes me happier than being with kids! I graduated from North Central University with a BA in Psychology and I hope to get my Master’s in Child Counseling within the next few years. Outside of work, I love to read, paint, ice skate, write, and be by the lake. One of the greatest things about this job is that there is the opportunity to believe in these kids and encourage them to reach their full potential.
Hi, my name is Gail and I am the younger preschool teacher in the Dolphin room. I have worked for EFC since 1997 and in childcare for over 30 years. I live in St. Louis Park with my husband. We enjoy going up north and being outdoors in the summer and winter. We like watching sports and cheering on the Vikings and The Wild. Some of my favorite things are to watch for Bald Eagles and eat Bananas.
My name is Lynn, I am the older preschool room teacher in the Pre-K room. I began my career with Especially for Children in November 1989. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. I have worked with children 16 months to 4th grade but have spent the most years in the Preschool age groups. I love that I can play a part in a child’s development. They are so much fun! In my off hours I work part-time at Caribou Coffee at the Byerly’s location, hanging out with family and volunteer at my church.
I first started at Especially for Children as a sub in 1990; I loved it so much I became a full-time staff person in the fall of 1991. You will see me as a teacher in both older and younger preschool rooms. Over the years I have left a few times to pursue other careers and opportunities. My latest return was in 2005 and I have been happy to be back ever since. Over my 20+ years I have worked with all age groups infants through school agers. Nowadays, you will find me working in the young and older preschool rooms. When not at EFC you may find me working behind the scenes at Children’s Theatre Company or Stages Theatre Company. From time to time you may also find me performing onstage in community theatres around town. My hobbies include acting, singing, attending theatre, riding my bike, swimming, and watching movies. FUN FACT: My legal first name is really Ricky. My mom was a huge Ricky Nelson fan.
Hi! My name is Kaelyn and I have been working at EFC since 2013. When I started working here, I was just a high schooler and was a teacher’s aide and now I am a lead teacher in the early preschool room. I graduated Iowa State University perusing a degree in Child, Adult and Family Services with an emphasis on the child. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, spending time outside and hanging out with friends and family.
Hi, I am Kate and I have been with Especially for Children since 2018. I am so excited to be working with child/ren in the Pre-K room. I have a bachelor’s degree in French and a minor in history and political science from Concordia College in Moorhead. I am married and have four children. My two oldest children did attend the Edina EFC and I could not have been happier with the care and love they received there. I am the oldest of eight children in my family and have loved being around kids my whole life. I especially enjoy reading to children. My hobbies are reading, cooking, and reading about cooking.
Hi, my name is Sadina and I have been with EFC since 2019. I graduated from Minnetonka High School in 2017. When I do go back to college, I will be going for child development. One day I would like to become a lead teacher or start my own day care business. My favorite thing to do outside are photography (even though I have not done it lately), hang out with my family and try to collect my favorite old Disney movies.
Our experience with Especially for Children (EFC) in Eden Prairie has been a fantastic one. My husband and I both work full-time and we are forever grateful to have a fantastic caregiver for our son who has flourished in EFC’s fun learning environment. It is obvious that the teachers are passionate about their roles as educators, role models and playmates. The children are exposed to many different things including sign language, Spanish, music, sports, etc. We have referred several families to Especially for Children, all of whom have had similar experiences to ours. I should also mention that my husband’s two older boys attended EFC in Edina and his experience at that location was also extremely positive. It is comforting to know that the individuals our son spends a significant amount of time with are trustworthy educators who exude overwhelming compassion for children.
I just can’t tell you enough how much it means to us that you have welcomed Sam and created such a positive environment for him to come to every day. You have a wonderful center – and even more wonderful people. I had a good feeling the moment I walked in. Your jobs are not easy, but please know how much we appreciate all of the love, care and patience that you give the kids each day. Knowing Sam is with you puts me at ease every morning. Thank you!
During our first tour of EFC I met the infant teacher who went out of her way to tell me all about the average day and the curriculum, show me projects and make me feel so incredibly welcome. Judging by all the children in the room and the teacher taking time with me, I was so impressed and excited that this was finally a great fit. You all continue to impress me with your patience, your positive attitudes and your genuine love to be with the kids. We now have two kiddos at EFC and most if not all of you have had a hand in their development as well as a positive influence in their formative years. As a working mom who is not able to stay home with her kids, I know they are being well taken care of and are happy at EFC. Thank you for all you do.
We have two kids at the Eden Prairie center and are so impressed with the staff and the curriculum. They do a great job incorporating fun, educational activities for the kids that is age-appropriate. The teachers do a great job keeping the parents informed with what the children are doing in the classroom and encourage us to continue the lessons learned at home, giving us the tools and knowledge necessary to do so. I am very confident that our kids will exceed the requirements for Kindergarten registration.