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.

Ann Maczuga


Region 11

Ann Maczuga began her work as a Professional Development Facilitator in Region 11 in January, 2017. She comes to Centers of Excellence from Minneapolis Public Schools where she worked for 32 years in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education. Her last 15 years were spent as an Early Interventionist working with the Birth to Three program. She began her teaching career in Detroit after graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education and Elementary Teaching. Soon after she moved to Minnesota and taught in the Osseo ECSE program for one year before moving to Minneapolis Public Schools. She has her Masters Degree in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education. Ann is also serving as the Content Lead for the Family Guided Routines Based Intervention State Wide Innovation.