EFC is a Best of Edina 2021 Finalist!
Welcome to Especially for Children’s Edina/Edinborough Child Development Center, located in Edina. Our center has been serving families since 1987, making us the second longest running EFC! We serve infants through kindergarten children in a caring and nurturing environment. Our center neighbors the unique Edinborough complex, which features a completely enclosed indoor Adventure Peak, Great Hall and theater, and are all used frequently by our children. In addition, the surrounding Centennial Lakes area provides chances for leisurely walks with our infants, older preschoolers, and kindergarten children.
At EFC, daily activities such as group time, music, art and storytelling makes every school day fun! Find out more about our curriculum here. Our center also offers special classes, frequent in-house guests and field trips in the community. Parent involvement is also important, and every year we host several popular events for our families where you can connect with teachers and one another. We invite you to visit our unique school to see if it is the right place for your family!
Hello! My name is Anna. I started with the company in 1994 as a preschool teacher. Since then I have worked as both Assistant Director and Director, and I also completed my Elementary Education degree at St. Kate’s. I am married and have two girls of my own. Both my girls attended EFC since they were infants and I am thrilled that they have been able to attend a program with such caring staff, great structure and strong sense of community. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling (I grew up in Sweden and go home at least once every year) and just getting together with friends over a quiet dinner.
Hello! My name is Samantha Baker and I joined EFC in 2016. I am so happy to be a part of the EFC family! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I also have experience on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC), a CARE Fellow (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge), and a Master Trainer in the field. I enjoy an administrative role in this field as it allows me to build relationships with a wider outreach of children, families, and teachers. Early childhood education is my passion and I am driven by the growth, development, and smiles of the children! My husband and I live in Edina with our dog Norbert and our beautiful daughter Madison, who was born in December of 2020. Madison attends the center and is absolutely thriving!
Hi! My name is Anna and I work in the Infant room. I have been working with children since 2009 and have experience with a variety of age groups and ability levels in many different subjects and settings. I even taught English in Spain! I have a teaching license and a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education/Childhood Special Education from Pace University in NYC. In my spare time, I love to travel and explore new places, be creative, and go to fun events.
My name is Sheila and I work in the Lamb room with the infants. I have worked with infants for several years, and I really enjoy my time here at EFC. The staff and children are great! When I’m not working, I enjoy baking, watching movies, and spending time with my family.
Hello! My name is Paige and I work in the infant room. I’ve been working with children since 2019. I’m currently a student at Hennepin Technical College studying architectural drafting. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, camping and going to fun events.
Hello. My name is Maria and I work in the infant room. I have worked with children since 2007, as a tutor and para professional in Richfield school district, joined EFC in August 2017 and earned my CDA in 2021. I have five children of my own. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, walking and running.
My name is Peyton. I attend Normandale Community College, and I work in the older toddler classroom in the afternoons. I went to EFC Edinborough when I was little, and am happy to be back! I have worked with children for a long time and I absolutely love it! I hope to pursue a career in adolescent therapy. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, doing yoga and going to concerts. I look forward to working with you and your children!
Hi there! My name is Clarke and I have been with EFC since December 2019. I have been working with kids ages newborn-12 years old since 2012 and could not love it more! I received my CDA through EFC’s program and plan to go back to school to get a teaching degree as well. In my spare time, I love to paint, read, and spend time with family and friends. Thank you for the opportunity to work with your children; I look forward to it!
Hi! My name is Nicole and I work with the older toddlers. I am a graduate of Concordia University, St. Paul, with a BA in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Special Education. I have been working in the Early Childhood field since the late 1990s. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy reading, listening to music, scrapbooking and cards, counted cross-stitch and exercising.
Hi! My name is Judi and I teach in the toddler room. I am pleased to work at EFC child care centers. I have been working in the Early Childhood field for over 20 years. I have worked with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old as a teacher and a director in a child care center. I live with my husband Richard and our children in Savage. I enjoy working with other professionals in the Early Childhood field and I love working with children of all ages.
My name is Christina and I have worked at Especially for Children since January 2012. I grew up in a small town in South Dakota, and graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Interior Design in 2010. I have worked with children for many years and have worked in a child care setting 2005. I look forward to working with your children in the toddler room!
Hello, my name is Emma. I’ve been working with children since 2011, when I started babysitting for family and friends. I’m attending school at Normandale College where I’m majoring in Communications. I joined the EFC team in the fall of 2018, worked here for nine months and then took the summer off. Now, I’m excited to be back! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring the outdoors. My joy is working with children and I’m so excited to be here!
Hi I’m Sue and I started at EFC Edinborough in 1987, the same year the center opened! I worked for many years with young toddlers and infants, and transitioned to preschool in 2016 and am loving it! I’ve presented numerous workshops with activities and toys made from every day materials. I am married and have a son and grandson, and spend lots of time watching hockey games!
I’m very excited to be working with the young preschool children. I have over 25 years of experience working with children. I worked at the same company for 24 years as a teacher, assistant director and director. I’m excited to be back in the classroom working with preschoolers again.
Hello. My name is Barb, and I have been working with the older toddler group since October 1992. I live in St. Louis Park and have three children. I have a degree in Speech Pathology, which comes in handy with the toddler group! I enjoy working at EFC because of the great staff and wonderful families who work together to create a positive environment for everyone. When I’m not working, I enjoy going for walks, reading and spending time with my family and friends.
Hi! My name is Marin. I joined EFC in 2018 as an aide. I have babysat children for years, and started working in a center in 2015. I have some college credits and earned my CDA in 2021. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, reading and spending time with my family. I look forward to getting to know all the families at EFC!
My name is Jessica and I am one of the Pre-K teachers. I am so excited to be back here at EFC-Edinborough! I began my career with EFC in April 2010 in the Pre-K classroom. I then worked as a Director at the Coon Rapids and Eagan locations, before returning to Edinborough in July 2017. I have a B.S. degree in Child, Adult and Family Services from Iowa State University and am an avid Cyclone fan! I live Bloomington with my husband Jimmy and my son Mack. I am so passionate about Early Childhood and I can’t wait to partner with you in the development of your children.
My name is Amy and I work with PreK children. I have a Child Development degree from Minneapolis Technical College. I ran my own licensed, family in-home program for 14 years and also worked with toddlers before joining EFC in July 2012. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my four children, camping, going to hockey games and running. I look forward to getting to know you and your family!
Hi, my name is Erin. I graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 2018 with my K-6 license. I taught Kindergarten in Blaine in 2019/2020 school year and I’m excited to join EFC for Kindergarten this year. Outside of working with children, I love hiking, gardening and spending time with my family and friends.
My name is Lorena and I am from Guadalajara, Mexico. I have been living in MN for 17 years. I have taught children for more than 20 years, and started with EFC in 2014. I love to cook, read, watch movies and walk around the lakes in my spare time.
EFC has been a huge gift to my family, and I have complete confidence in the teachers. I send my children to school every day, not day care. I love knowing that when I pick them up at the end of the day they have learned so much developmentally and socially, and I hear all about their adventures during their busy day. I praise the staff all the time; they are extremely knowledgeable, caring, and loving teachers. EFC is truly the only place I feel happy leaving my children.
Our daughters attend the Edinborough center and LOVE it! Our oldest daughter has been attending for two years and our 9-month old just recently started to attend and we couldn’t be happier with the teachers and the curriculum. The teachers and staff genuinely care about the children and this radiates in their interactions. Both girls have learned so much since being there. We especially love that there are extra-curricular classes that our oldest daughter can take while she is there during the day.
My daughter has been very well served at EFC – the curriculum is stimulating, challenging and allows her to express herself creatively. The staff is responsive and has a great understanding of all the children and their individual needs. It is a supportive environment that has allowed my daughter to blossom!