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.

Beth Dorsey


Region 11

Beth Dorsey is an Early Childhood Special Education Professional Development Facilitator for Region 11. Beth has a long history of working with children their families, birth through 21, and providing Program leadership. She has worked with children on the spectrum, children and youth with emotional /behavioral disabilities and young children with disabilities and their families. Before joining the Minnesota Centers of Excellence in 2014,  she provided leadership to the Shakopee Schools ECSE program.

Beth has a Masters of Arts Degree in Special Education from the University of Minnesota, and an Education Specialists Degree in School Psychology from the University of Iowa. Beth lives in Minneapolis.