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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.

Jodi Altringer


Region 7

Jodi Altringer is an Early Childhood Special Education Professional Development Facilitator for Region 7. From 1994-2015, Jodi was an Early Childhood Special Education teacher in the Buffalo, Hanover, Montrose Public Schools. During that time, Jodi provided Part B and Part C services in a variety of settings before serving on the evaluation team for seven years. Jodi frequently represented her ECSE team at ECSE leadership functions and served on a variety of committees, including the Interagency Early Childhood Intervention Committee. She is currently a member of the Minnesota Division of Early Childhood (DEC) board. During the 2015-2016 school year, Jodi was an instructional coach in the Buffalo Hanover Montrose Public Schools. 

Jodi has an undergraduate degree in Special Education from St. Cloud State University. She has a Master of Science degree in Child and Family Studies from St. Cloud State University, and obtained a Teaching and Technology certificate from Hamline University. Jodi lives in the Howard Lake area with her husband and son.