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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.

Sara Hight


Regions 5 & 7

Sara Hight has a long history of work with children with disabilities and their families, birth through age 21. Her experience includes being a home visitor, ECSE center-based teacher, coordination of interagency activities and implementing  professional training opportunities for a variety of curriculums and evidence based practices including the Pyramid Model. Sara has a special education degree from St. Cloud State University and has completed graduate studies to obtain her Early Childhood Special Education license. She retired from the Brainerd Public Schools in 2011, ending a 35 year career in education. This is Sara’s first year as a Professional Development Facilitator for Region 5.