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.

Jess Moen


Regions 1 & 2

Jess Moen, a native of Bemidji, has worked in the Bemidji School District as a teacher for students who are deaf or hearing of hearing for the past 12 years. In that role, Jess served students from birth to age 21. She has also represented Regions 1 and 2 at the Statewide Deaf Education Network meetings, and the State Early Hearing Detection and Intervention workgroup. Jess has also taught American Sign Language at Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, Minnesota. Jess holds an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and a Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota in Deaf Education. She is kept active raising three her children.