Welcome to the Especially for Children Circle Pines Child Development Center. We serve families with children ranging from six weeks old up to ten years old. At Especially for Children, your child will experience a caring, educational and developmentally appropriate learning environment. Read more about our play-based curriculum here. Our location, just off of Lake Drive, provides convenient access for families in Circle Pines, Blaine and Lexington.
We have a well-rounded staff, with six staff having a total of over 100 years working for the company! The physical spaces at our school promote learning and growth in children. The children also love to spend time outside on the playground. They spend many enjoyable hours under the shade of the oak trees. Please feel free to stop by for a visit. We would love to get to know you and your family.
Hi, my name is Linda and I have been the director at our center in Circle Pines since 1995. I truly enjoy coming to work each day to all the smiling young faces. I love working with families and watching children grow and learn new things. I have had the pleasure of seeing many children grow up here and become outstanding young people – some of the children we taught in preschool now bring their children to our school! Outside of work, I enjoy running, biking, skiing and lifting weights.
Hi, my name is Kris. I began working at Especially for Children in 1994. I have experience working in childcare since 1987 and was a director at our EFC Coon Rapids location for 12 years. I studied Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota. My favorite thing about children is their curiosity to learn new things and watching their excitement as they develop new skills. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, baking, sewing and scrapbooking.
Hello, my name is Staci. I began working at EFC in June of 2020. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education from Anoka Technical College. I have had experiences working with all age groups in other childcare centers as well as having my own family childcare for 15 years. I love working with children because I love watching them grow and teaching them new things, they are so excited to learn! In my spare time, I like to go fishing, watch movies, play with my grandson and spend time with my grown children.
Hello, my name is Shauna. I began working at Especially for Children in June 2017. I graduated from Centennial High School. I am currently working on my Associate degree in Child Development. I have had experience with babysitting young children. I enjoy working with the children because I love watching them develop new skills each day. In my spare time, I enjoy shopping and hanging out with friends and family.
Hello, my name is Kathy. I started at EFC Circle Pines in March 2020. I have a BS degree in Recreation from Minnesota State Mankato with an emphasis in Special Education. I have experience working at the Especially for Children in Coon Rapids prior to coming here. I look forward to coming to work each day to see smiles on our children’s faces. It is so rewarding to see the development in the young babies and follow them through to Pre K. I have two children, Trey and Avaeh. In my spare time, I like to exercise, garden and watch my son play basketball.
Hello, my name is Kitty. I began working at Especially for Children in August 2017. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education from Chang Sha University in China. I have had experience teaching infants and toddlers in another childcare center.
I enjoy working with the children because they are so fun to be around. I just love playing with them!
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading books and watching movies.
Hi, my name is Cathy. I have been at Especially for Children’s Circle Pines center since 1996. I enjoy working with children as they grow and develop from an infant to a kindergartener. I completed my Child Development Associate degree with an emphasis on infants and toddlers. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family.
Hello, my name is Jenni. I began working at Especially for Children in July 2019. I have an Associates degree from Century College in Interior Design. I have had experience with children through babysitting and volunteering with the Girl Scouts.
I enjoy working with the children because I love watching them grow and learn new skills. In my spare time, I enjoy drawing and spending time with friends and family.
Hello, my name is Bridget. I began working at EFC in December of 2019. I have had experiences working with children in preschool and elementary schools. I love working with children because I love interacting with them, watching them grow and I learn so much from them. In my spare time, I love to read and spend time with my family and friends.
Hello, my name is Nici. I began working at EFC in January 2018. I have a Child Development Associates degree from Ellis University in Illinois. I also have a Culinary Associate degree. I am currently attending Rasmussen College for my bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. I have worked in early childhood education since 2004. I have worked with all age groups, but mostly with infants and toddlers. I love working with children because I enjoy watching the moment the “light bulb” turns on and the figure out something new. In my spare time, I like to cook for my family. My husband and I also enjoy road trips to new destinations with our three children!
Hello! My name is Sarah. I began working at Especially for Children in May 2016. I have an Associate’s degree in Fine Arts. My experience with children includes babysitting and working in a childcare center in Hastings. Children never cease to amaze me with their view of the world. I love watching their excitement as they learn new things. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and reading.
Hello, my name is Amanda. I began working at EFC in May of 2020. I have a degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State.
I have had experiences with different age groups working in other childcare centers and I volunteer at church in the childcare.
I love working with children because I love watching their personalities grow and and helping them make new connections and friendships. In my spare time, I like to go shopping and spend time with my family and friends.
Hello, my name is Lisa. I began working at EFC in August of 2020. I have a bachelors degree in Education from Augustana University with a teaching license for K through 6. I have had many experiences working with a wide range of ages including student teaching, teaching 3rd/4th grade, substituting, working in a toddler/young preschool classroom and being a para. I love working with children because there is something different everyday and the children have such joy to learn something new! In my spare time, I like to cook and bake and spend time with my friends and family.
Hello, my name is Grace. I began working at EFC in June of 2020. I have an Associates from Century College. I am currently attending St. Scholastica at their St. Paul Campus for my Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. I have had different experiences with groups of children of all ages. I worked as a paraprofessional within a school district for three years. I have also spent many hours looking after my sisters as well as children from family and friends. I love working with children because they are so creative and see the world differently from adult. I enjoy seeing them get excited about the small things in life. In my spare time, I like to go on adventures outside and traveling to new places to see new things. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.
I am Kathy B. and have been a teacher at EFC since 1980! My favorite thing is to watch children learn to read. They feel such a sense of accomplishment. Each day provides unlimited opportunities to capture a child’s sense of wonder and imagination. Outside of work, I like to spend time at the lake with my husband where we enjoy boating, fishing, biking and relaxing. I also enjoy participating in 5ks with my husband, Dean.
Hi, my name is Dan. I am a college graduate of Bethel University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. I love working with young kids. I plan to have a lot of fun and learn a lot from every experience here at EFC.
Hello! My name is Emily. I began working at Especially for Children in September 2016. I graduated from North St. Paul High school. I am currently working on completing my Associates degree in Child Development. I love watching children grow up and how excited they are to learn new things. In my spare time, I enjoy camping and hunting as well as spending time with friends and family.
Thank you for taking such wonderful care of our daughter. Starting as an infant, your staff has been so responsive to our needs and most importantly, to her needs. We have been so very happy with Especially for Children.
I just wanted to send an enormous heart-felt ‘Thank you’ for taking such spectacular care of our kiddos. Your passion and patience everyday with teaching them not only reading, writing, and math, but also kindness, manners and discipline are so much more than my husband and I could’ve asked for. Our little ones truly feel like they are part of “another family” at school and, it’s because you’ve made them feel so safe and so special. We thank you so much for each and every day you’ve spent filling their little minds with knowledge and re-enforcing values. We are simply blessed to have such a phenomenal place for them to grow. Linda, our kiddos and your staff are so lucky to have you. We will never be able to thank you enough for what you and your team have given our family.
Linda, You and your staff have played incredible roles in our lives. Jim and I have been able to go about our work lives confident that our children were receiving high quality care. Matt and Becca have felt loved, challenged, important, special and happy. You’ve helped them to thrive, and I know the foundation you’ve help them to build will serve them well all their lives! As I have told you many times, we are very pleased with the positive, educational environment that you have created and continued to maintain for our boys and the other children at EFC. We always know they are safe and nurtured, challenged and motivated to do their best, entertained and inspired to use their creativity. I look forward to coming every night to get them to see what adventures they had that day.
As an educator, I am very aware of the need to meet the social, physical and educational needs of young children. The Circle Pines EFC works very hard to create the needed balance of all three areas. My son participated in developmentally appropriate social and academic areas. I believe the teachers work very hard to meet the individual needs of all the children.