Berry Patch Preschool in Edina

About Us

Our Story Through The Years

Berrie's First Preschool Class
"One Room School House"
Berry Patch Preschool in Edina

Since 1983, The Berry Patch School in Edina has been dedicated to providing exceptional early childhood education. Founded by Berrie Lounsberry, our Edina preschool began with a vision to prepare children for Kindergarten through play-based learning.

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

Moved to Edina Covenant Church
Bursting at the Seams
Berry Patch Preschool Class Photo in Edina Covenant Church, early childhood education

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. 

Our Second Location
A Time of Expansion
Berry Patch Preschool in Edina, early childhood education

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
NAEYC Accreditation
Gaining Accreditation and Space
Huckleberry preschool class

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 preschool for 2 year olds named the Huckleberries was born
A New Class for Early Childhood Education Learners
Launch of the Raspberry Class
Raspberry preschool class

We saw a need for a safe and loving environment for our earliest learners. We launched our toddler preschool program named Raspberries that school year.

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
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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 outdoor preschool program was launched
  • Our team continues to evolve our programs to be one of the best preschools in Minneapolis