Early Childhood Centers of Excellence

Early Childhood Special Education

As a partner with the Minnesota Department of Education's Early Childhood Centers of Excellence project, Sourcewell development specialists help to provide local early childhood professionals with technical assistance, support, mentorship, and coaching.

Research-based Practices

The Early Childhood Centers of Excellence project expands the use of scientific, research-based practices with a specific focus in the following areas:

  • Use of assistive technology
  • Implementation of Routine-Based Interventions (RBI)
  • Improvement of assessment, evaluation, and intervention practices for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) children and families
  • Use of communication options for a child with a hearing loss (i.e., ASL, cued speech/cued language, auditory verbal, and auditory oral)
  • Implementation of strategies to address challenging behaviors
  • Effective practices to support successful inclusion of children with disabilities
  • Infant mental health
  • Categorical disabilities and intervention practices
  • Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), Individual Education Plan (IEP), and writing
  • Data-based decision making at the levels of the child, program, district, and region
  • Understanding and implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavioral Support and Interventions (PBIS), as they relate to early childhood
  • Transition requirements and practices
  • Priorities identified through Minnesota’s special education system of general supervision (compliance)

The Regional Low Incidence Project will provide the administrative infrastructure for the Early Childhood Centers for Excellence Project.

For more information, please contact:

Nan Records
Regional Low Incidence Facilitator
nan.records@sourcewell-mn.gov or 612-298-3270

Sara Hight Region
5 Professional Development Facilitator
sara.hight@sourcewell-mn.gov or 612-618-4740

Jodi Altringer
Region 7 Professional Development Facilitator
jodi.altringer@sourcewell-mn.gov or 612-644-8178