Circle Pines

Create. Laugh. Learn.

Linda and Kris Center Director of EFC Circle Pines

Linda Burck
School Director
Kris Steffens
School Assistant Director
EFC Circle Pines

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.

 

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Hours and Map
ADDRESS:

2 H South Pine Dr.
Circle Pines, MN 55014

 

HOURS:

6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., M-F

Meet Our Teaching Staff

Director

Linda Center Director of EFC Circle Pines
Linda

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.

 

Assistant Director


Kris

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.

 

Infant Teaching Staff


Staci

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.

 


Shauna

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.

 


Kathy J

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.

 


Kitty

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.

 

 


Cathy

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.

 

Toddler Teaching Staff


Jenni

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.

 


Bridget

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.

 


Nici

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!

 


Sarah

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.

 

Preschool/Pre-K Teaching Staff


Amanda

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.

 


Lisa

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.

 


Grace

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.

 


Kathy

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.

 


Dan

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.

 


Emily

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.

 

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