Eden Prairie/Minnetonka

Create. Laugh. Learn.

Jamie Rocheford, Assistant Director
Cathie Underwood, Director
EFC Eden Prairie

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!


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6223 Dell Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55346



6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., M-F

Meet Our Teaching Staff



Hi! My name is Cathie and I am a 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 now attends Minnetonka High Schooll and Sean attends Minnetonka Middle School West 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 so ever since. I love their curiosity, enthusiasm for learning, and smiley faces. It is a privilege to be able to work with your young child(ren) each day and also get to know your families.


Assistant Director


Hi! My name is Jamie Rocheford and I am the Assistant Director at Especially for Children in Eden Prairie. I have worked at this center since 2007. I started working here as an older and younger preschool teacher. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Cloud State University in Elementary Education. I live on a hobby farm in Minnetrista with my boyfriend Jeff and three children Lizzie, Sam and Jacob. Some of the fun things I like to do is photography, walking at the Arboretum, vintage snowmobile shows and just spending time with my family!


Infant Teaching Staff

Sister Mary

Hi! My name is Sister Mary and I am teacher in both younger and older infant rooms. I am a member of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Paul. I live in Shakopee with one other Sister named Antonice. In 1991, I graduated from Hennepin Technical College as a Child Development Assistant. I have been working here at Especially for Children ever since I graduated in August of 1991. Over the years, I continued my education and am now teacher qualified. My interests are walking our pet, listening to music, and doing hook rugs. I enjoy working with children. Each day I can learn so much from them and as I love the children, they send their love to me in so many ways, as they discover their world around them. I feel it is a privilege to care for your child.



Hi, my name is Uma. I received my masters 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 Christine Gullickson. I am a graduate of St. Mary’s University in Winona with a B.S. degree in Social Science. I previously worked at a before/after school program with first and second graders and am excited to work with babies! I love to go horseback riding, listening to country music, and hanging out with my friends.



Hi! My name is Christine.  I am a senior at the Eden Prairie High School.  I live in Eden Prairie with my family, and I love spending time with my friends.  I really enjoy working with children and am really excited to be part of the staff here at Especially for Children.



Hello!  My name is Emily, and I am working with the infants in the duckling room.  Before moving to the Twin Cities in June of 2018, I was a lead preschool teacher and curriculum coordinator for five years at a center in St. Cloud, MN.  Outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors especially, rollerblading, being on the lake, and exploring state parks.  I also enjoy spending any free moments with family and friends.  I look forward to learning and helping the babies grow in the infant room.


Toddler Teaching Staff


Hi! My name is Larissa and I am the younger toddler teacher in the Tweedle Bug Room. I graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2009. After high school, I continued my education at the University of Central Missouri. 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 and so are children! I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development. I love working with children of all ages. I’m looking forward to my new experience at EFC.



Hi! I am the older toddler teacher in the Chipmunk Room. I enjoy all of the energy this age group comes with on a daily basis 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 family and friends.



Hi! I have been working here at EFC since 2014.  I have worked in the Chipmunk room for a year now.  I work almost every day after school and during winter/spring/summer break.  I am starting my senior year at Minnetonka High School.  I am looking forward to my senior year and figuring out what I want to do after graduation.  I enjoy playing soccer (12 years), playing the violin (7 years), and spending time with my friends and family!  I look forward to getting to know your kids as they grow in the Chipmunk room.


Preschool/Pre-K Teaching Staff


My name is Sarah and I am the younger preschool teacher in the Dolphin Room. I finished my undergraduate degree at St. Catherine University. I graduated in December 2015 with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy. I live in Eden Prairie with my spouse and our two dogs. When I have spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I like to bowl and play softball. My all time favorite thing to do is bake.



Hi, my name is Gail S. 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 L., I am the older preschool room teacher in the Monkey 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 have the opportunity to play a part in a child’s development. They are so much fun! In my off house I work part-time at Caribou Coffee, run a Mary Kay business, volunteering actively at my church and loving up my dog Jhing-Jhing!



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.


Additional Teaching Staff


Hi! My name is Lynn, and I was the director at Especially for Children Eden Prairie from 1988 to 2018. I live in Waconia with my husband, Randy. I have been working in childcare centers since 1973 and have held the positions of teacher, assistant director, and director. I received my B.S. teaching degree in Elementary Education from Winona State University. Back in those days, colleges didn’t offer Early Childhood or Kindergarten Licensure programs. I have furthered my knowledge of early childhood development by taking postgraduate courses and through experiences working in various child care settings. I chose early education because every day is different. It’s wonderful to be on the ground floor watching children go from diapers to little adults and I enjoy the daily interactions with parents in helping families work. I have two grown children, Johanna and Tim.



Hi! My name is Shanti. I currently go to school in college in San Diego. I enjoy coming to work at EFC when I get a break from school. It is fun to see the kids as they grow up. I have been working here since 2014, when I was in High School. My sister came here when she was little, and I know it is a great school. I look forward to meeting all of you when I get back to visit on my breaks.



Hi, I’m Kate and I’m so excited to be working with your child/ren!  I have a bachelor’s degree in French and a minor in history and political science from Concordia College in Moorhead.  I’m married and have four children; a college freshman son, a sophomore daughter and two middle school daughters.  My oldest two children attended the Edina EFC and I couldn’t 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.


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