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March 7 & 8, 2019


New this year - Our keynote speaker, Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, will be spending all day Friday with us!  She is a dynamic and impassioned play advocate, specializing in authentic assessment.  Her engaging, hands-on presentations make the connection between mindfulness and assessment.  One day spent with Kristie will give every practitioner, birth on up, useful tips and strategies to take with you.  Not only this, but Kristie gives every participant, a web-based landing page of all of her resources she shares.

Policy, Planning & Best Practice in Prevention and Intervention

The Minnesota Division for Early Childhood (MN DEC) is a statewide membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and other special needs.

MN DEC promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.

MN DEC Spotlight

Apply for 2019 MN DEC Grants 

deadline extended to 02/15/2019. 

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Check for Job Postings on our MNDEC website:

Job Postings

Prospective Employers: Please go to our Job Postings page for a link to submit your postings for consideration for posting on our website. 

It is MN DEC's mission to promote policies and advancement of evidence-based practices. We continue to work in partnership with the Centers of Excellence for Young Children with Disabilities so those in Minnesota who work with or on behalf of children with disabilities will have current information and connections at their fingertips. MN DEC is excited to provide information on our statewide activities and policies and practices in the field of early intervention and early childhood special education through this website! Join us on Facebook and Twitter too!

We welcome your feedback, questions, and ideas for improvement of this website and MN DEC activities. Watch the MN DEC Spotlight! You may see someone you know in the future!

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An initiative designed to regionalize professional development systems in Minnesota. Visit MNCOE website


Do you know someone that has let his or her membership lapse? Do you know someone that should be a member, but for whatever reason they are not? Please share this link with your colleagues and friends -

CEC is aware of the cost issues for some members and has made a tiered system for joining: Premier ($205) Full ($115) Basic ($65). There is an additional cost of joining the DEC subdivision for Full and Basic ($50) and for Premier ($15). The costs for students to join are even cheaper.

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