Berrie Lounsberry

About Us

Our Story Through The Years

1983
Berrie's First Class
"One Room School House"
About Berry Patch Preschool When we started

The founder of The Berry Patch, Berrie Lounsberry, leaned into the vision that she felt God put on her heart: to create an early childhood education environment that prepared children for Kindergarten through play-based learning experiences.

The first class at The Berry Patch was held in Berrie’s home with six little berries.

1984
Moved to Edina Covenant Church
Bursting at the Seams
About Berry Patch Preschool Class Photo in Edina Covenant Church

The Berry Patch moved to Edina Covenant Church so that there could be two classes. This is where our Blueberry and Strawberry groups were born and nurtured. 

1991
Our Second Location
A Time of Expansion
About Berry Patch Preschool

As younger siblings, cousins, neighbors, and friends joined our early Berry Patch community we quickly outgrew our 2-classroom model. We added:

  • Our second location at Meetinghouse Church. 
  • Lunch Bunch
  • PM Playmates
2014
NAEYC Accreditation
Gaining Accreditation and Space

We furthered our commitment to providing the best early learning experience in the Twin Cities by:

  • Moving our Edina Covenant school community to Calvary Church
  • Pursuing accreditation with NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Planting more seeds in our Patch, and the Huckleberry class was born
2016
A New Class for Early Learners
Launch of the Raspberry Class

We saw a need for a safe and loving environment for our earliest learners. We launched our Raspberry class that school year.

2010-2019
Doing More For Parents and Students
Enhanced Curriculum
About Berry Patch Preschool Enhanced Curriculum

In the years that followed our achievement of receiving National Accreditation, we leaned into excellence in new ways. 

  • Our Staff Professional Development program deepened
  • Enrichment programs expanded by adding French and Spanish classes, partnership classes with MacPhail Center for Music, Soccer Shots, and Amazing AthletesStages Theater
  • We broadened learning with Nutrition and Virtues Curriculums, in-house libraries, Children Serving Others, and field trips
January 2019-Today
Molly and Carrie Take up the Mantle
Deepening our Roots
About Berry Patch Preschool Legacy

The Berry Patch continues to foster each child’s love of learning in a community-rich, joyful, creativity-filled environment.

  • Molly & Jeff Dykstra and Brad & Carrie Lounsberry carry on the family business after Berrie retired
  • The Hallmarks of the Toddler and Preschool Programs distinguished the age groups
  • Outdoor learning enhanced with natural play spaces
  • The Wildberries class was launched