About Us

The Minnesota Centers of Excellence for Young Children with Disabilities is the statewide professional development system for early childhood special education (ECSE). Professional Development Facilitators (PDF) in each of the state's eight economic development regions work to connect, support and empower local leaders to build capacity. Through these joint efforts, young children and their families are accessing and benefiting from high-quality programs and services throughout the state.

In some instances, the boundaries of educational districts do not align with the eight economic development regions' boundaries. In instances when a cooperative or district's boundaries are found in more than one region, the district's PDF and service region are assigned based upon the county in which a program's leader is housed.

MDE ECSE Leadership Team

Contact the Minnesota Department of Education: Please use the MDE mailbox address to submit your questions and comments. Our team will work to provide a timely response.

Contact email: mde.ecse@state.mn.us


Lisa Backer, Minnesota Department of Education, lisa.backer@state.mn.us

Jenny Moses, Minnesota Department of Education, jennifer.moses@state.mn.us

Carol Maliszewski, Minnesota Department of Education, carol.maliszewski@state.mn.us

Kara Tempel, Minnesota Department of Education, kara.tempel@state.mn.us

Susanne Thomas, Minnesota Department of Education, susanne.thomas@state.mn.us