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.
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 Sarah. I have been working with children since 2003. I have a psychology and philosophy degree from St. Catherine University. I also have a masters in counseling from Adler Graduate School. I started as the Assistant Director at Inver Grove Heights in 2021. I love working with families and helping their children grow and learn. In my spare time I love to be with family and friends. I love camping, running and spending time with my dogs.
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.
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.
Hello, my name is Megan and I’ve been working with EFC since August 2021. I’ve been working with infants for almost a year now. My favorite part about working with infants is watching them grow up, and playing with them. When I’m not at work I love spending time with my family!
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.
My name is Kristin and I am married and have two children. I have worked with children since 2008. I have a A.A.S. degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from The College of St. Catherine and a B.S. in psychology from North Western University. This is my first time as an infant teacher and I love seeing the daily changes as the babies grow and develop. During my time off I enjoy baking, cooking, scrapbooking, reading and spending time with my family.
Hello, my name is Kasey, and children have always been my passion. I started at EFC in 2021. I am an aunt to 5 kids and they are my everything. I am the “fun” aunt, as they say! There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t see or talk to them. In my free time I usually like to be outside, whether it be ice fishing or hiking, and I absolutely love to go camping with my family. I’m always hanging out with my two sisters and all my cousins on weekends.
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!
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.
Hi, my name is Anna. I started working at EFC in 2020. I love working with toddlers. I have graduated with my associates degree in Early Childhood Education in 2021. My favorite things to do outside of work are travel with my husband and spend time with family and friends.
Hello, my name is Dureti, I started working with EFC in 2021. I’m majoring in Psychology and enjoy working and playing with the children. When not in school or work I enjoy reading and walking my dog.
Hi! My name is Jade and I have been with EFC since 2021. I graduated from South St. Paul High School and I’m currently in school at Metro State University, where I’m hoping to graduate with an Early Childhood Education degree. My favorite things to do outside of work is spend time with my nephew, go up north to my cabin and travel.
Hello, I’m Bre. I have been in childcare since 2021. I love to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy working with toddlers and my co-workers at EFC.
Hello, my name is Jessica (Jes). I’ve worked in child care since 2020. My hobbies are: walking my dog, going for walks, playing volleyball, and going to the cabin!
Hi, my name is Dan. I joined EFC in 2021 and enjoy working will all ages. I am also a varsity lacrosse coach at Park high school. I enjoy spending time with my family and listing to music when I’m not working with children. I am currently working on my BS in elementary education.
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 a teacher 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 teaching, you can find me shopping, cuddled up on the couch drinking tea while watching Lifetime movies, and spending time with my family.
Hi, my name is Stefanie. I just moved to MN from California and, in 2019 and married Roy, a state fire marshal. I have an adult daughter named Caroline. I have been working with children for 32 years, OPC for 17 years and Head Start for 14 years. I now happily work with EFC, and I think MN is beautiful.
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 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.
Hola! My name is Alejandra Rivera. I have been with EFC since April of 2022, but I have been working with children since 2020. I have 2 little siblings, Sophia and Diego. I study developmental psychology at the University of MN. I speak 3 languages and I love serving for my Catholic group and being a leader for a Latinx organization. I love the outdoors, painting, ‘mocking, and karate. My family, boyfriend and friends are first in my life.
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.