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 

Message from Peggy Kemp, DEC Executive Director February 8, 2017
New Secretary of Education | New DEC Policy and Advocacy Council

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!

MNDEC Board Directory 

News & Events  

Registration is now open  for the MN DEC Practitioners Conference!  Note exciting new location and new Leadership and Related Services tracks! Please pass on this announcement to leaders and related service providers as well as general education teaching partners!

Wellness and Practices for Times of Change

MN Division for Early Childhood (DEC)


March 2nd and 3rd, 2017

Exciting New Location! DoubleTree St Louis Park

Exciting New Tracks! Leadership and Related Services


Register Now!

Also, a room block has been set up at the DoubleTree for Thursday, March 3 only.  

To make otel room reservations at the Double Tree Park Place:

Reservations can be made by calling 800-245-9190 or via online using the group code "MDE"

Click HERE to reserve your room online. Be sure to select Group Code and type in MDE.

The group cutoff date for that rate is February 23, 2017. Rates are based on single/double/triple/quad occupancy:

Room Rates are as follows:

  • Standard Room – King or Double: $135/135/145/155
  • Suite – King or Double: $185/185/195/205


  • We invite you to donate baskets for the raffle which funds action research project.  If you have any questions please contact Heide Muhs at hmuhs@flaschools.org
  • Nominate an ECSE leader or practitioner for the Professional of the Year Award! (nominations due by Feb 22nd)

We look forward to seeing you in March! - MN DEC


Spring Practitioner Conference March 2 & 3, 2017  DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place 1500 Park Place Blvd Minneapolis, MN  55416

2017 Mini-grant applications due February 1, 2017

Nominate a Practitioner and Leader of the Year 
MN DEC is proud of the high quality of services provided to young children and their families and recognizes this is the result of the talented and caring professionals working with children, families, and programs throughout the state. MN DEC wants to acknowledge these professionals who make significant differences in the lives of the children, families, and programs. Two awards are presented annually.  The Practitioner Award is for the outstanding professional working directly with children and families. The Leadership Award is to acknowledge the professional who provides exemplary leadership in the field at the local or state level.  Awards will be presented at the ECSE Leadership Forum in March.  Click on the following for the Nomination Form:
  MNDEC 2017 Professional of the Year Nomination Form    
Due by February 22, 2017. Nomination forms should be sent to the following: info@mndec.org - please put in the subject line- MNDEC Award.

2017 Action Research Initiative Grants  
The Minnesota Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC)  has agreed to devote the proceeds from the silent auction, held annually at the Division’s fall conference to fund practitioners who wish to engage in action research efforts within their district programs.  Two grants of $500 each are available.  Applicants may be individual practitioners or teams of practitioners and be currently working in a program that serves young children with disabilities and their families.   Action-research grant recipients must be willing to write a short article describing the process and results for publication on Minnesota DEC’s website. 
Only one applicant on the team needs to be a current MNDEC member.  If you are not a member, you can become one.  (Click on the link for Membership information:  http://www.mndec.org/Membership.html )
  Typical components of Action Research: 
1.  Identifying the problem to be solved
2.  Diagnosing the causes of the problem
3.  Formulating an action hypothesis
4. Designing and implementing an action plan 5. Simple procedures for analysis of the resulting data or evidence 

Please complete all sections of the application and return by February 1, 2017 to MNDEC President Kellie Krick Oborn, Ph.D  at kelliekrickoborn@gmail.com

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Mark your calendars: 
February 1, 2017 Mini-grant applications due         February 22, 2017  Nominations due for Practitioner and Leader of the Year 
March 2 & 3, 2017 Spring Practitioner Conference

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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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