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 Elayna. I began working at Especially for Children in November 2021. I am attending Anoka Ramsey Community College earning my associates degree. My experience with children includes coaching gymnastics for two years. I love the energy children have and that they are willing and excited to try new experiences. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, hiking and spending time with friends.
Hello! My name is Kim. I began working at Especially for Children in May 2022. I have an associate’s degree from Rasmussen College in Early Childhood Education. I have 20+ years of experience working in childcare centers. I have worked with all age groups, most recently with infants and toddlers. I love working with children because I love watching them learn new skills and grow. In my spare time, I enjoy going on walks, playing Bingo and spending time with friends and family.
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 Jessie. I began working at EFC in May of 2021. I have a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in Parks and Recreation. I have experience working with children at the YMCA and I also coach figure skating. I enjoying watching the children learn and grow every day. In my spare time, I like to read and spend time with my family and friends.
Hello, my name is Destiny. I began working at EFC in July of 2021. I graduated from Saint Croix Central High School in 2016. I am currently working on my Child Development Associates degree. I have many years of experience babysitting children including all 8 of my siblings. I love working with children because they are so happy and learning new things all the time. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my 2 dogs and dirt bike.
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 Brooke. I began working at Especially for Children in May 2022. I have my degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota, Crookston. My experience with children includes working at another childcare cent er and student teaching.
I love working with children because every day brings something new, and I love the joy and silliness the children bring to each day. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Hello! My name is Alaina. I began working at Especially for Children in March 2022. I attended North Hennepin Community College. My experience with children includes working at another childcare cent er, at an in home childcare and lots of babysitting! I love working with children because I feel I learn and grow as much from teaching them as they learn and grow from working with me. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, activities outdoors, training and walking my dog, drawing and painting.
Hello! My name is Kayla. I began working at Especially for Children in October 2021. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics with a minor in teaching English from St. Cloud State University. My experience with children includes babysitting, tutoring, student teaching and a long term substitute teaching position. I love how young children are always excited to learn new things! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and watching movies.
Hello! My name is Alyssa D. I began working at Especially for Children in May 2022. I am currently attending Minnesota State, Mankato studying Elementary Education. My experience with children includes babysitting and assistant teaching at a dance studio. I love working with children because the children are so fun to be around and I love watching them grow and learn new skills. In my spare time, I love being outdoors and spending time with my friends.
Hello, my name is Kayla F. I began working at EFC in December 2021. I have a bachelor’s degree from St. Could State in Special Education and Community Psychology. I have had experiences working in the elementary schools, working with all ages with disabilities and I also worked at EFC back in 2009 and 2011! I love working with children and watching them learn and grow each day! In my spare time, I like to travel and spend 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.
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.