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.

Sara Meyer

Regions 6 & 8


Sara Meyer is an Early Childhood Special Education Professional Development Facilitator for Regions 6 & 8. She has worked with children with special needs for the past 15 years. Sara spent most of her career with St. Paul Public Schools as an ECSE Birth to Three teacher, ECSE Classroom teacher, and most recently as an ECSE Program Manager. Sara holds a B.A.S degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She lives in the Sartell area with her husband and three children.