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.
Hello, my name is Michelle. I began working at Especially for Children in May 2018. I have an Associates degree in Child Development from Rasmussen College. I have had experience working in childcare since 1994 and I have worked with all age groups. I love watching children as they grow and learn new things. In my spare time, I like to do anything outdoors; hiking, swimming, camping and watching my son play baseball.
Hello, my name is Juliana. I began working at EFC in February 2018. I have a B.S. degree in Physical Education and Health from Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin. I have taught for four years and also worked in the infant program at another childcare center. I love watching the children as they reach new developmental milestones.
In my spare time, I like to run, spend time with my niece and nephew and do sports and activities outdoors.
Hello, my name is Nici. I began working at EFC after the first of the year. I have a CDA from Ellis University in Iowa. I also have a Culinary Associate Degree. 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 “lightbulb” turns on and they 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 Alyssah. I began working at Especially for Children in September 2017. I have a diploma from Minnesota School of Business as a Medical Assistant. I have had experience working with special needs children.
I enjoy working with the children because I love watching them learn and grow each day. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, scrapbooking and writing poetry.
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 Amanda. I began working at Especially for Children in May 2017. I am attending the University of Wisconsin, Stout studying Human Development and Family Studies. I have had experience working with young children as a nanny.
I enjoy working with the children because I love watching them grow and learn new things everyday.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, taking my dog Shae on walks and watching movies.
Hi, my name is Kris. I began working at Especially for Children in 1994. I have experience working in childcare since 1987 and I 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, Twin Cities. 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 Emily. I began working at Especially for Children in September 2016. I graduated from North Central High School. I’ve had experience working with children as a babysitter. I love watching the children grow up and how excited they are to learn new things. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and watching Netflix.
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 Gabi. I began working at Especially for Children in February 2018. I have a bachelor degree in Pastoral Studies from North Central University in Minneapolis. I have had experience babysitting my niece and working in the church nursery. I love watching children as they grow and begin to understand new things. In my spare time, I like to play video games, sew, paint and watch superhero movies.
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 Jordan. I began working at Especially for Children in October 2015. I am currently attending Rasmussen College working toward my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. I have experience babysitting young children and enjoy watching them learn new things every day. In my spare time, I enjoy photography and spending time with my friends.
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 Tyler. I began working for Especially for Children in January 2017. I recently received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University after serving in the Active Duty Air Force for 6 years. I most recently worked as a Peer Mentor for Military Veterans transitioning to College and as a Research Assistant for an Occupational Therapy Professor at Colorado State University. I have experience working one-on-one with adolescents as an adaptive swim instructor and other adaptive recreation activities. One fun fact about me is I originally started as an Aide at the Circle Pines EFC way back in 2002. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, photography, and doing just about anything outdoors with my 1-year-old black lab, Bailey!
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.