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.

Hope Beissel


Region 11

Hope Beissel, Region 11 Professional Development Facilitator, holds both a Bachelor and Master's Degree in Social Work. Hope has been working in the field of Early Intervention since 1996. She began her career in Georgia in 1996, working in the state’s Part C system. Hope moved to Dallas, Texas in 2008, and spent a year working in the new foster care health insurance program, focusing on children with special needs. Hope came to Minnesota in 2009, and joined the Minnesota Department of Human Services in a Part C Interagency role. She has been with the Centers of Excellence since February of 2010 in her role as a Professional Development Facilitator.