JUNE 2024


Dear Angie,

We are looking forward to spending a fun summer with your child here at Especially for Children. The Creative Curriculum will continue to be our foundation and we will start by digging into the Gardening Study this summer.

Planning, planting and tending to a growing garden requires a wide variety of skills from all domains of development and learning. Children work together to care for the garden and solve problems that arise, develop language and literacy skills as they discuss garden plans and create plant markers, and use mathematical skills to compare plants and observe how they grow and change over time. By including plants in the garden that produce fruits and vegetables, children will see how a seed or seedling grows into a familiar food. They will learn about healthy eating habits and prepare fresh produce to make different recipes. Working with others will also help the children discover how gardens can build a sense of community and help people care for one another.

We can’t wait to watch our gardens grow!

It's Summer T-Shirt Time! Each year, EFC designs a summer t-shirt for optional purchase to celebrate the season. Check out this year's shirt here. (Quote on back: "We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it." -- George Eliot)

If you wish to order, please do so by Monday, June 10. Happy Summer!

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We will have a Father’s Day snack to go in the afternoon on Friday, June 14.

Rev Sports soccer classes will be held on Monday mornings and will begin on Monday, June 10, for those preschoolers that registered. There is still time to sign your preschooler up here.

Looking ahead Especially for Children will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. Enjoy the long weekend!



We were honored to recognize our long term employees (those who have been with Especially for Children for 5 years or longer) at our Professional Development Day in May. They are pictured below!

5-9 Years

10-14 Years

Camera Malfunction!

Darci Edgell

Kari Peterson

Sheila Navy

DeeAnn Besch

Kathy Hane

Jamie Kittleson

Kayleigh Armstrong

Wai Yee Yip

15-19 Years

20-25 Years

26+ Years!



Now-9/2 llama Trek, MN Zoo

Now-6/16 A Year With Frog and Toad, Children’s Theatre, Mpls 

5/31-6/2 Edina Art Fair, 50th&France, Edina

6/2 Grand Old Day, St. Paul

6/15 Grand Day Parade, Saint Louis Park

6/15 Midsommar Celebration, American Swedish Institute

6/15-6/16 Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Minneapolis

6/19 Movies on the Hill: The Super Mario Brothers Movie, Hyland Hills, Bloomington

6/21-8/4 Finding Nemo Jr., Stages Theatre, Hopkins

6/23-6/25 Chalk Walk Festival, New Brighton


All Summer - Music and Movies in the Park - Various Minneapolis Parks     


Find more local family events

Especially for Children - Circle Pines

2 H South Pine Dr.

Circle Pines, MN 55014

(763) 786-9410


Center Directors

Linda Kottke