Especially for Children was voted Best of Edina 2018!
Welcome to Especially for Children’s W. 70th Street Edina Center. We serve infant through preschool age children in a caring and educational environment. Our highly trained, nurturing and dedicated teaching staff has a combined total of over 203 years of EFC experience. Learn more about our Curriculum and Program Goals here.
We are conveniently located on the southwest corner of Highway 100 and West 70th Street and are easily accessible from Highway 62 and Int. 494. Our school is a unique physical space both inside and out. In our warm and bright classrooms, the children love storytime, music, art and sensory activities, building blocks and dramatic play. We have an indoor large muscle room, and the children take advantage of our great outdoor space. A large, shaded outdoor playground provides opportunities for exercise, physical challenges and outdoor adventures. On any given day you can find infants taking a buggy ride, toddlers building sandcastles, and the preschoolers playing freeze tag or enjoying bike day.
At Especially for Children, we strive to create a family-feel and have many events throughout the year where parents and families can connect with one another. These include our annual picnic, Halloween party and Family Fun Night. We invite you to visit the Edina/W 70th Street EFC school and see for yourself what a positive place it can be for your child and family.
Hello. My name is Susan, and I am the director here at Especially for Children in Edina. I began working here in 1989 as a preschool teacher. I graduated that year with a B.A. in Elementary Education from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. After growing up in a smaller community, I wanted to move to the city. I loved it here and have never left. Working at EFC has been such a positive experience. Each day brings something new. I feel fortunate to work with truly amazing teachers and wonderful families. Watching the children grow and develop is so much fun. When I am not here, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, watching football, reading and shopping. I look forward to working with your family.
Hi. My name is Michelle. I graduated from Central Lakes College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I began teaching at Especially for Children in the summer of 2003 at our Eden Prairie location in the younger Toddler classroom. I started as Assistant Director here in Edina during the summer of 2012. Young children have always been a huge part of my life, I think their minds are amazing and find it very rewarding to work with children. The best part of my day is the hilarious conversations, hugs and being a part of their individual achievements. I enjoy spending time with my family, swimming, and being creative.
Hello, my name is Robin and I work in the infant room. I began working for EFC in March of 2012. Prior to that, I worked at ClubKid of Edina for over sixteen years. I am originally from New York and I graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a degree in Art. My husband and I have 4 children (three sons and a daughter), a dog, and a reptile. I spend a lot of free time reading, going to movies, and keeping up with my favorites on TV. I also am a big fan of theater and dance. I enjoy road trips with my family, and I love to watch storms and eat chocolate.
Hello! My name is Tamera and I work in the infant room. I am a mom of 3 children and live in Bloomington with my family. I have been married to my best friend for 16 years. I love working with children, they are so full of life and fun to be around. I have a Child Development Degree from Hennepin Technical College. I love photography, yoga, and climbing mountains in South Dakota. My favorite saying is “Live, Laugh, Love”. I try to do all those things every day.
Hello my name is Wai Yee! I began working at EFC in 2008 and work with the infants. I have worked with children for many years. I live in Edina with my husband and two boys, Danny and Jack. I look forward to working with both you and your children.
Hello! My name is Debbie and I began working with the infants in September of 2012. I have been working with children of all ages since 1973. I have an Associates Degree in Child Development and Special Education. Outside of work, I enjoy working in my garden, bird watching, fishing, and spending time at my cabin. I also enjoy spending time with my 2 grown sons and my 2 grandsons.
Hello, my name is Torri and I’ve been working with children since 2013. I majored in Elementary Education at UW-Superior, which allowed me to work in different classrooms and learn how to work with children. I enjoy all ages of kids and I admire their imagination and creativity. Some of my favorite things to do outside of work are: play outside with my dog, workout, spend time with family, and travel to Ashland, WI (my hometown). I also enjoy many outdoor activities such as, fishing, camping, hunting, and going for walks.
Hi, my name is Kayleigh. I have been working at EFC since 2007. I currently work with the wee toddlers, which is very exciting. I have always loved working with children. I taught swimming lessons for about four years before I came to EFC. I also have four children of my own who keep me very busy! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I have really enjoyed learning all about the children and families here at EFC.
Hi, I am Darci and I work in the Panda Room with the older toddlers. I love working with children. I grew up in a small town called Clara City, MN. I graduated from Minnesota West Technical College in Granite Falls with a degree in Childcare and Education. My hobbies are making no-sew blankets and pillows and hanging out with my friends.
Hello! My name is Melissa. I began working at EFC in 2009 with the toddlers. I have worked with children of all ages for many years and thoroughly enjoy it. I have also worked with children with special needs. I’m very excited to get to know you and your child. I have a Child Development Certificate and am working on my Child Development major. Outside of work, I like to travel with my family and spend time with friends. I also enjoy taking piano, guitar, and voice lessons.
Hi, my name is Ashley, and I work in the Toddler Program, primarily in the Koala Room. I have a BS in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. I have experience working in a toddler classroom and have been a substitute teacher within the public school system. I look forward to getting to know your child!
Hello! My name is Susanne. I have been working with the toddlers since September of 2014. EFC is very familiar to me as I previously worked here from 1998 – 2003. After raising 3 children, I am excited to be back. I have a BA in English from the University in Stockholm – Sweden. I also took education courses during my college experience. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. I am originally from Sweden but have lived in Minnesota since 1998. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your family.
Hi, my name is Ronnesha and I started working at EFC in August 2015, mainly in the Toddler Rooms. I have a CNA Certificate and previously worked with elderly patients. I love watching children learn and become independent, because it will play an important role as they grow older. Before coming to the Edina center, I worked at The Preschool Pantry, where the EFC meals are prepared. I enjoy fishing, spending time with family, going to the movies and shopping.
Hello! My name is Bernie and I work with the Explorer group. I’ve been working at Especially for Children child care center in Edina for over twenty years. I enjoy working with the children and the many different families that pass through the doors. I grew up in New Prague, MN and attended Mankato Sate University receiving a B.S degree in Elementary Education. My first teaching experience was at the Children’s Center of the YWCA in downtown Minneapolis. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, garage sales, American Indian culture, and road trip getaways.
Hello, my name is Talia. I began working at EFC in 2009 as a substitute and full time in January of 2013. I have worked with all age groups and now work with the pre-schoolers. I have a B.S. in Communications from Brown College and have worked with children for the past 4 years. The most rewarding part is when they learn something new and how proud they are of themselves, and of course I love all the hugs and smiles! Outside of work, I enjoy playing video games, dancing, and researching astronomy.
Hi, I’m Cassie. I started working at EFC in September of 2013. I primarily work in the Preschool Rooms. I am currently attending St. Kate’s majoring in Psychology. Since 2009, I have worked every summer at a camp for adopted Latin American children. I also volunteered at Highland’s Elementary School in one of the CP classes during the spring of 2013. I love going to the Arboretum and taking pictures of the nature & wildlife. I like doing puzzles with my mom, reading books, and babysitting my three younger cousins. I was adopted from Guatemala and would like to go back to be a family social worker. I actually attended EFC as a child and Susan was one of my Preschool teachers!
Hi, my name is Elizabeth. I started working at EFC in the summer of 2012. I have worked with children since I was young. I started out babysitting, and have now decided to make working with children my career! What I enjoy most about working with children is watching them develop and grow! I graduated from Winona with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I love to go on runs, swim, and spend time with friends, my family, and my dogs! I have a twin brother, as well as a younger brother. We all went to EFC as children!
Hello! My name is Amy. I began working at EFC in January of 2016 with the preschoolers. I have worked with children for over 10 years in a variety of settings including preschools, in-home childcare, and volunteering. . I enjoy the wonder and excitement children share every day. I have a B.S. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood from the University of Wisconsin – Superior. When not in the classroom, I love being outside with my family and dogs. My husband and I also enjoy being hobby beekeepers.
Hello! My name is Brett and I work with preschoolers. I started here in February of 2016. Prior to joining EFC, I worked for six summers at a camp for children and teens. I love seeing children get absorbed into an activity they love that stretches their creativity. I have a B.A. in Psychology from the University of MN – Morris. Outside of work I enjoy cooking new and interesting recipes and playing imaginative and fantastic games with friends. I am the second oldest of four brothers and grew up in the same house as my mom did.
Hello! My name is Gretchen. I’ve been working with children since 2010 and have a BS in Elementary Education from UW-River Falls. Outside of work, I love to cook and try new restaurants!
Hi, my name is Anna. I have been working with children (babysitting, nannying, school experiences and work) since 2007. In 2016, I received my degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood from Winona State University. When I’m not at work, I can often be found watching Netflix, babysitting, or spending time with friends and family.
My name is Artez. I have been working with children since 2014. I attended Wisconsin Lutheran College before returning home to Minnesota to work on my teaching degree. I am from Minneapolis and come from a family of seven, the ages ranging from 30 down to the age of one.
Hi, my name is Andrew and I began working in the preschool rooms at EFC in 2016. From January 2014 to August 2015, I was an English teacher in Guiyang, China, where I grew to love working with children! They are always filled with such infectious happiness and curiosity that you can’t help but have a great time with them! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. John’s University and am currently attending St. Mary’s to get an ESL teaching license. I am an avid sports junkie who probably knows too much about sports. I love playing basketball, football and going swimming. Hanging out with friends and family never ceases to entertain me also. I went to a military high school, I have an older brother, a younger sister, and I am a tuna salad addict!
Hello! My name is Latrice and I work with the preschoolers. I began working at EFC in May of 2016 however I previously worked here from 2005 – 2011. What I enjoy about working with children is their energy and honest truth. I can always get a laugh from working with them and I also have a passion to teach.
I currently attend HCTC majoring in Early Childhood.
Outside of work, I enjoy being with my family, baking with my kids, reading, cooking, and shopping (I love a good deal). As a mother of 5, I also enjoy and appreciate some alone time.
I have a soul of a “mother hen”. “No matter where I go in life I will always be a mother.”
Hello, my name is Erika. I started working at EFC in June of 2016. I am working toward my BA degree in Elementary Education with focus on Early Childhood and Reading from Luther College. I have been around children for as long as I can remember in my neighborhood, family and school. Outside of work I enjoy spending time at the lake with friends and family. I am excited to work with the wonderful staff and children at EFC!
Hi, my name is Derek. I’ve been working with kids since the summer of 2016 and have worked with kids aged 3-13. I studied at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to earn a degree in political science, and I hope to work in the field of school administration. Outside of work I love to play, watch, and follow every sport. My goal is to continue building relationships with kids and families and continue doing so in my professional career, no matter where it takes me.
Hello! My name is Kristy. I have been working with children (babysitting, volunteering at church, etc.) since about 2014. I attend John F. Kennedy High School in Bloomington. I participate in Show Choir and softball. I love to fish, go on walks and long drives. Also, I like to spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy listening to music.
We are blessed to have the EFC team in our lives. They have made a lasting positive impact on our entire family.
Our family has attended the Edina/W 70th Street center for 5 years. Our daughter started in the infant room and graduated in 2011 from the Pre-K program, and our son is currently in the older toddler class. The teachers and staff at EFC have been instrumental in the educational and social growth and enrichment of our kids. The teachers communicate daily with parents, which is very important to our family. The educational programming is robust and challenging, but the environment remains nurturing as well. The families at EFC become close-knit as children learn and grow together. Most important of all, our kids love to go to school and consistently have fun!
Both my children attend Especially for Children and our family absolutely loves it! Our children are happy and well-cared for and love going to school each day. We really appreciate how the staff goes the extra mile to communicate with us about our children. We also love the sense of community and wonderful family events. I would definitely recommend EFC to anyone looking for a quality program for their children!