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 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.
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 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 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 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 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! My name is Josselyn! I have been at EC 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!
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 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.
Hello, my name is Tricia K., and I am thrilled to be working with your kiddos and getting back to teaching preschool after taking a bit of time away! I have been working with and teaching children since 1997 as a preschool teacher and educator, as well as the coordinator of a childcare program. I believe when children feel safe and loved, they are eager and able to
grow and learn. My husband Randy and I have 5 kids that we love spending time with. In my free time, I coach volleyball and enjoy getting together with family and friends.
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!
Hi, my name is Jennifer. I have been working with EFC since September of 2022 and it has been such a fun experience. I graduated from Henry Sibley High School and currently in school. I attend Augsburg University where I hope to graduate with a degree in child psychology. Outside of work I love spending time with my family and friends and exploring new things.
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.
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.