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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.

Ruth Ann Rosenwinkel

Region 9


Ruth Ann Rosenwinkel is a Professional Development Facilitator for Region 9.  She comes to the Minnesota Center of Excellence with varied experiences in education working directly with children, families and providing program leadership.  Ruth has worked as an assistant director in the Mankato Area Public Schools, ECSE teacher, parent educator and adjunct faculty for Minnesota State University-Mankato.  She has been the representative for the Directors of Special Education on the Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council, served as a representative for the Directors on a variety of work groups at the state level and served as Chair of the Region 9 Interagency Early Childhood Intervention Committee. 

Ruth Ann holds a B.S. Degree from Iowa State University in education, a Master's in Special Education and a Specialist Degree in Administration from Minnesota State University-Mankato.