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.

Sally Hansen


Region 11

Sally Hansen is a Region 11 Early Childhood Special Education Professional Development Facilitator. She has been working in the field of early childhood education and children’s mental health since 2001. Sally has worked as a teacher in a therapeutic preschool program, an early childhood education consultant and as an early childhood program administrator.  She holds both a B.S. degree in Psychology and Communication Studies and a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy.