Welcome to Especially for Children Inver Grove Heights. While here your child will experience care from our nurturing staff with 115 years of combined child care experience. We strive to promote growth and development through the Creative Curriculum, encouraging children to explore and discover in a safe and caring 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.
Hi, my name is Fle! I began working at Especially for Children in 1987. I started as an infant room teacher, became an assistant director in 2001 and then co-director in 2003.
Hi, my name is Roxie! I graduated from UW-Stout with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. I began working at EFC in 2003, at our Eden Prairie location, as the infant teacher. In 2008, I accepted the director position here at Inver Grove Heights. I knew from a young age that I would be working with young children. It has always been a passion of mine. Watching them learn new skills and achieve their goals is very rewarding. I also enjoy spending time with my family, friends and going to the cabin.
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.
Hi, my name is Gifty Boadu. I come from Ghana in West Africa. I started working at EFC in December, 2018 and I love working in the infant room. I have worked with kids for the past seven years. I have a bachelors degree in psychology and foundations of education. I love to read books, swim and travel a lot.
Hi, my name is Shicaron, I have worked for Especially For Children since 2018. I love babies and enjoy working in the infant room. I am having a good time with the babies they make my day better with the love they give. This is my first time working at a daycare and I love it. I recently graduated from high school. My favorite things to do outside of work is being with family and friends and being outdoors.
My name is Rachel. I started working with EFC in October of 2018. I enjoy cheerleading, photography, and working with children. I am looking forward to getting to know the children and families here at EFC.
Hi, my name is Aspen and I have worked at Especially for Children since 2012! Before working for EFC, I attended Inver Hills Community College and got my Child Care Teacher Certificate. During college, I worked with elementary aged children. Coming from a big family, I have a lot of nieces and nephews that I watch all of the time. Working in the infant room is such a job. It is exciting to watch the babies learn and grow.
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!
I have been working with children since 2017. I graduated from Simley Senior High School June of 2018. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy spending time with family and friends, paddle boarding and fishing.
I have worked with children since 2007. I have worked with various ages ranging from babies to school age. I have my associates degree in social work. I have two children, Ryan and Maya. When I’m not chasing toddlers at work I enjoy spending time with my kids, being outside playing, swimming, sledding, and hiking.
Hi, I am Amanda L.! I have been working at Especially for Children since 1999. I love working the toddlers because everyday is different. They are always learning new and exciting things. I love being there to encourage them.
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!
Hi! My name is Miranda, I have been working for Especially For Children since 2015! Over the years I have worked in all of the classrooms, and love each of them for different reasons The kids make sure that no day is boring and a re always giving me something to look forward to. When I am not at work, I enjoy shopping and spending time with my friends and family.
My name is Deanna (Dee-Dee) Andert. I have had multiple experiences working with children since 1985, including both Montessori and elementary settings. Following receiving my BA in Elementary Education from Bethel College in 1990, I had the opportunity to teach kindergarten in Arizona for six years. I also served as a missionary for two years in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. I was a teacher at an orphanage. As a mother of two adult boys, I enjoy traveling to Arizona to visit them in my free time. When I am not working, I spend a great amount of time with my family. I also enjoy sight-seeing, cooking and knitting.
I have had the pleasure of working with children since 2011. While I began my career as a nanny for six years, I also have gained experience with school counseling and ABA therapy. I received my BA in Psychology along with a certificate in Early Childhood Education. Outside of work I spend my time teaching Ballroom dance and going for walks whenever possible.
Hi, my name is Maddie. This is my first job in child care, and I hope to make a positive impact on the education of children. I’m currently attending Concordia University in St. Paul and majoring in Elementary Education. I’m so glad to have this opportunity to watch children learn and grow.
Hello, my name is James. I have worked on and off in child care for most of my life. My B.A. is in Film and my Masters will be in Education. I truly enjoy working with children and hope to make a positive impact daily.
Hi, my name is Laura and I am the 4 year old teacher. I have a CDA in early child hood and began working at EFC 20 years ago. I have worked in the field for 23 years. I like the 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 child care for 28 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 youngest preschool children because everything is new to them. We learn potty training, painting, cutting, letter writing and much, much more. When they leave my room they are capable of most of these tasks!
I have been so satisfied with the care my girls have gotten at Especially for Children. Both of my daughters attend; one of them has attended for about two years. She loves it, and would love to show you around her school if you give her a chance. A nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack will be provided to you. Maybe you’ll be lucky and be in one of the groups that does Cooking Class! You will have caring teachers and staff who love what they do and stay to do it every day because of their passion for making sure you are happy, healthy and learning. You will have tons of fun in the winter in the back yard with the snow. You’ll have fun on Sprinkler Days in the summer. You will be challenged. You will have plenty of art projects to give to Mom or Dad to view while they work. You will be blessed with a flexible structure. Your mom and dad will have the ability to see on your Monthly Calendar what you are doing each day and what the theme of the week is. My daughter and I love this, too. From bringing a stuffed animal to school day, to computer class, to Spanish and Sign Language class, you will be learning all kinds of things you can teach your parents! Trips to the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, Nature Preserve, bowling alley and Hilltop Elementary will fill your summer and fall. You will be safe on the transportation provided and will have a blast! You’ll love it here!
Our daughter has been going to Especially for Children since she was 12 weeks old. She is now three. It is such an important decision to leave your child in the hands of another person. But, from the first time that we left our daughter in the caring hands of Jeannie, we knew that everything was going to be alright. Since then she has been cared for by many of the wonderful teachers at EFC. We have been happy with the communication and support that we receive from the teachers and directors. We really like the monthly newsletter and events calendar. We have found EFC to have a nice balance of child care along with an educational curriculum that is top-notch. Our daughter is learning new things each day in a safe, clean and friendly environment. We like to refer to it as her “going off to school” as opposed to just “going to daycare.” Our daughter recently started going on field trips and we are confident that she is in very capable hands when leaving the center. One of the unique things that we have found at EFC is the continuity and longevity of its teachers, which we feel translates to the security, trust and familiarity that our daughter feels there. Several of our friends have commented to us that there is a lot of turnover at other centers. This can be difficult for some children to adjust to and we are grateful that this has not been an issue for our family. We would highly recommend Especially for Children, Inver Grove Heights to any parent making this very important decision for their family.