The INSPIRE ACTION framework was developed to assist those responsible for administrative oversight of local early childhood special education programs to identify and celebrate strong program components and to identify those program components most in need of improvement. The development was sparked by recognition that many local program leaders (e.g., Directors of Special Education, elementary principals, some special education coordinators) have limited knowledge of early childhood special education and are unable to consistently determine the presence or absence of ECSE program quality.



As you look at the resources and tools provided here, consider:

  • What is the main focus and purpose of each resource?
  • How does this information align with what you currently know and do in your work with young children and families?
  • How will you integrate this information into your work?
  • How might you share or apply this information in working with: Children? Families? Colleagues?


Foundational Resources: Understand the Basics

MN Help Me Grow
Minnesota’s Help Me Grow initiative provides information and resources that will help parents, professionals, and community members identify children who may be experiencing delays in their development.  The Help Me Grow site is a go-to resource, equipping those who interact with young children (birth to kindergarten) to better understand and monitor each child’s development.

Minnesota Department of Education

  • MDE Family Outcome Cover Letter and Survey (available in 13 languages)
    The Family Outcomes Survey (Part C Version) is given to families of infants or toddlers with disabilities by their primary service provider. The survey is given to all children who have been served by Part C for six months or more, as the child turns age three or is exiting Part C for any reason. These documents help families understand why data is being collected and how the information will be used.


PDF-Guided Resources and Support

Please contact your regional PDF if you have investigated all resources provided here, but continue to have questions or concerns related to this core component of INSPIRE ACTION.

If you have an additional resource that supports professional development in this core component, please share it with your regional PDF. Your participation in this site's continued growth is encouraged and welcome!


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