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.

Karen Satre

Region 11


Karen Satre, Region 11 Professional Development Facilitator. Karen has been working in the field of education since 2000 and in early childhood education since 2010. She is a licensed Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education teacher with experience teaching in a variety of Early Childhood settings, including co-teaching in a fully inclusive program. She most recently was a member of the ECSE team at the Minnesota Department of Education. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a M.A. in Education.