Inver Grove Heights

Create. Laugh. Learn.

Kristine Berg, Director
Alison Todd, Assistant Director
EFC Inver Grove Heights

Welcome to Especially for Children Inver Grove Heights. While here your child will experience care from our nurturing and dedicated teaching staff. We strive to promote growth and development through the Creative Curriculum, encouraging children to explore and discover in a safe and caring play-based learning environment. The children enjoy sign language classes, cooking classes, field trips, and preschool and kindergarten readiness skills.


We invite you visit our center and see what a positive place Especially for Children Inver Grove Heights can be for you and your family.


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6125 Cahill Ave. E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076



6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., M-F

Meet Our Teaching Staff



Hello, my name is Kristine. I have a degree in both elementary and special education from St. Cloud State. I have worked in all areas of early childhood since 2000. I love to meet new families and watch the children grow and learn. My husband and I have two children and a dog. When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, crocheting, and playing in the kitchen.


Assistant Director


Hi, my name is Alison. I have had the pleasure of working with children since 2002. I graduated from Rasmussen with a degree in Early Childhood Development. Being in early childhood is definitely my passion. I love to see the individual progress each child makes over the years and that each day brings on unexpected learning experiences! I live in Inver Grove Heights with my wonderful family. When I am not in the office, you can find me shopping, cuddled up on the couch drinking tea while watching Lifetime movies, and spending time with my family.


Infant Staff


Hi, my name is Carmen! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and have over five years experience working with young children. My education has allowed me to learn more about this age group. It makes me very happy working with toddlers because every day I continue to learn new things. I am so lucky!



Hello, my name is Maira! I love working with babies and young children, so I decided to study and get my CDA. I have six years experience working with young children and every day that passes, I like my job more. Right now, I am very excited to work with babies and contribute to their growth. Most importantly, I love providing the best care and lots of love!



My name is Kerri and I am one of the older infant teachers. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology and a minor in coaching from the University of Northwestern St. Paul. I also have over 10 years of experience working with children of all age groups, but I have found my passion is working with infants. I love their curiosity and energy and how they absorb everything around them. It is such a privilege to watch them grow and learn, and to know that I was a part of that. When I am not teaching, I am spending time with my husband Eli, our two boys Logan and Liam, and our kittens.



My name is Haley. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development from Concordia St. Paul in 2022. I’ve been working with children off and on since 2018. On my days off I like to read, make crafts, or hang out with my friends and family.



Hello! My name is Josselyn! I have been at EFC since November 2022. I graduated from Henry Sibley High School and am currently attending Inver Hills Community College. My favorite activities to do outside of the classroom are spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and painting!



I have worked with kids since 2021. I am a 2023 graduate from Simley High School and currently attend Inver Grove Community College. Outside of work I like to spend time with friends and family, go to the gym, and get outdoors as much as possible.


Toddler Staff


Hello! My name is Pattie and I have been working with children on and off since 1987. My favorite group to work with is toddlers because they are so interested in learning about and exploring the world around them. Outside of work I like to read and spend time with my family. I have worked with EFC in the past and I am excited to be back!



Hi! My name is Abbie. I started with EFC in 2021 in the infant program and have a CDA. My favorite part or working with infants is getting to spend time rocking and talking with them. When not at work I enjoy hanging out with my family and cooking.



Hi! My name is Jade and I work with the older toddlers.  I graduated for South St. Paul High School and am currently working on earning my CDA.  I have been with EFC since 2021.  I love making a positive impact on children, watching them grow and learn new things every day.  When I’m not in the classroom I enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephew and traveling.



Hi, my name is Kayla! I joined EFC in 2023 after working with children since 2017.  I have always loved working with kids, especially toddlers.  I am currently in school at DCTC for early childhood and youth development.  Outside of work I enjoy volunteering at my church, couching dance and spending time with my friends and family.


Preschool/Pre-K Staff


Hi, my name is Laura and I am the 4 year old teacher. I have a CDA in early childhood and began working at EFC in 1994. I have worked in the field for over 30 years. I enjoy working in the 3/4 year-old preschool class because they are always ready to learn new and exciting things each day!



Hi, my name is Tina. I have been working in childcare for over 30 years. I have a CDA and I am also the Food Service Manager on site. I take great pride in working for EFC and began working here in 2004. I am excited about working with the oldest preschool children because they have so much to learn and explore and create. When they leave my room they are ready for Kindergarten!



Hello! My name is Paige and I have been working at EFC since September 2022.  In December of 2023 I received a certificate in Child and Youth Development from Dakota County Technical College.  Outside of work I love reading, shopping and spending time with my friends and family.



Hello, my name is Maddie. I started with EFC in 2018. I have BS in elementary education from Concordia University. I work with the 3/4 year olds and I like to create art with them, they are so creative. When not a work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.


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