Early Childhood Special Education

District 885 is a member of the Sherburne and Northern Wright Special Education Cooperative. The cooperative coordinates and supervises all ECSE staff and programs and provides support staff such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, hearing and vision specialists.

The ECSE program at St. Michael-Albertville is provided to meet the needs of District 885 children birth through age six who are identified as delayed in one or more areas of development. Classes emphasize the developmentally appropriate academic and social needs of the child along with the facilitation of sensory and occupational experiences.

  • Birth to age three - Students receive home based services through Sherburne and Northern Wright Cooperative.
  • Three through six year olds - ECSE center based program housed in the Saint Michael Elementary.
  • Kindergarten - When ECSE children transition into kindergarten, support services are available at Albertville Primary School.

Assessments, observations, parental and staff input along with the child's age and developmental age are considered when determining each individual child's program services. ECSE services may include assistance in one or more of the following areas: cognition, gross and fine motor, personal/social/behavioral skills, self-help/ functional skills, physical therapy, occupational therapy, adaptive physical education or speech/language.

All children between the ages of 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 participate in early childhood screening before entering Kindergarten - as mandated by the Minnesota State Legislature. Screening is held several times during the school year at the St. Michael Community Education Center. The screening process tests a child's vision, hearing and health along with assessing the child's developmental progress. Notices are sent out through the school district. If you do not receive a notice, or are new to the area, please contact the District's Nurse, Julie Winkleman at 763-497-6520.

For more information regarding a young child's development please contact the Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator.


Information Links

The following links will take you to pages outside the St. Michael-Albertville Schools web site. The district does not necessarily endorse these sites - they are provided for informational use.

A parent lending library is also available, contact ECSE Staff for more information.

Access Ability, Inc. 350 Hoover Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Phone: (612) 331-5958. Access to work and community for people with sever or multiple disabilities providing work opportunities for adults with barriers to employment.

ACT (Advocating Change Together) 1821 University Avenue W, Room 3065, St. Paul, MN 55104. Phone: (651) 641-0297. Provides self-advocacy training for persons with disabilities and their allies.

Arc Minnesota 770 Transfer Road, Suite 26, St. Paul, MN 55114. Phone: (651) 523-0823. Support and advocacy for persons with developmental disabilities and their families.

AuSM: Autism Society of Minnesota 970 Raymond Avenue #101, St. Paul, MN 55114. Phone: (651) 647-1083.

Autism Resource Network 5123 Westmill Road, Minnetonka, MN 55345. Phone: (612) 988-0088.

Autism Resource 904 Main Street #100, Hopkins, MN 55343. Phone: (952) 988-0088. Fax: (952) 988-0099. E-mail: autismshop@aol.com

Autism Resource Network A guide to the key issues associated with spectrum disorders.

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota 43 Main Street SE, Ste. 135, Minneapolis, MN 55414. Phone: (612) 378-2742. V/TTY: 1-800-669-6442. The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota provides help, hope and a voice for the 94,000 Minnesotans who live with a disability as a a result of brain injury.

Children with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) Twin Cities Arc Hennepin County, Diamond Hills Center, 4301 Highway 7 #104, Minneapolis, MN 55416. Phone: (612) 922-5761. E-mail: peerx001@maroon.tc.umn.edu

Council on Exceptional Children

Courage Center 3915 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55422. Phone: (612) 588-0811. TTY: (612) 520-0410.

DeafBlind Services Minnesota (formerly FIND Inc.) 2344 Nicollet Avenue #420, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Phone: (612) 871-4788. TTY: (612) 871-3354.

The DRM Regional Resource Directory

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota 10750 Old County Road 15, Plymouth, MN 55441. Phone: (612) 797-0110.

Education Minnesota Information on the State's largest educator's organization.

Family and Advocates Partnership for Education (F.A.P.E.)

Federal Register Information published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations - as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

First Call for Help

Fraser Community Services 2400 West 64th Street, Richfield, MN 55423. Phone: (612) 861-1688. Provides education, rehabilitation and other support services to people with special needs.

Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. 3505 - 8th Street S #7 Moorhead, MN 56560. Toll Free Phone: 1-800-450-0459. V/TTY: (218) 236-0459. Fax: (218) 236-0510. E-mail: freedom9@corpcomm.net

Health Charities Minnesota Source of multiple links to charities throughout the state of Minnesota.

Learning Disabilities Association 4601 Highway 7, Suite 160, Minneapolis, MN 55416. Phone: (952) 922-8374. Organization devoted to maximize the potential of children, youth, and adults with learning disabilities or related learning difficulties so that they and their families lead more productive and fulfilled lives.

Mayo Clinic Health Center and information links.

Minnesota Early Learning Design/Special Needs (MELD) 123 N 3rd Street #507, Minneapolis, MN 55401. Phone: (612) 332-7563. TTY: (612) 332-7563.

Minnesota Department of Children Families and Learning Capitol Square Building, 550 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55101. Phone: (651) 585-8218. Department on Monitoring and Compliance Phone: (651) 582-8603.

Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities 3000 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Phone (651) 296-4018.

Minnesota Special Education Mediation Services (MNSEMS) Office of Dispute Resolution:340 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Phone: (651) 297-4635.

Minnesota State Legislative Minnesota Statutes on special education.

Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association P.O. Box 26115, St. Louis Park, MN 55426 Toll Free Phone: 1-800-344-8808. Phone: (612) 920-0787.

National Council on Disability 1331 F Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington D.C. 20004. Phone: (202) 272-2004. TTY: (202) 272-2074. Federal agency making recommendations to President and Congress.

The O.A.S.I.S. Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support with specific area for the state of Minnesota.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) room 3006 Switzer building, 330 C Street SW. Washington D.C. 20202. Phone/TTY: (202) 205-5465

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) 600 Independence Avenue SW, Suite 2570, Washington D.C., 20202. Phone: (202) 205-5507. Dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

Ombudsman for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Metro Square Building, Suite 420, 121 7th Place E, St. Paul, MN 55101. Phone: (651) 296-3848.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) 8161 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55437. Phone: (952) 838-9000. E-mail: pacer@pacer.org

Regional Service Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People 4B 1/2 East Drive #2, Fergus Falls, MN 56537. Phone: (218) 739-7586. TTY: (218) 739-7591. Fax: (218) 739-7309. E-mail: mermon@state.mn.us

Rehabilitation Services First Floor 390 North Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55101. Toll Free Phone: 1-800-328-9095. Phone: (651) 296-5616. TTY: 651-296-3900.

Sherburne and Northern Wright County Special Education Cooperative Collaboration of St. Michael-Albertville, Becker, Big Lake and Monticello special education program and services.

System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) 300 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Phone: (651) 296-2771. TTY: (651) 296-9478.

Tourette Syndrome Association, Minnesota Chapter 3225 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Phone: (612) 827-1774.

United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota, Inc. 1821 University Avenue #286S, St. Paul, MN 55104. Toll Free Phone: 1-800-328-4827. Phone: (651) 646-7588. Fax: (651) 646-3045. E-mail: ucpmn@mninc.net


ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder

AT - Assistive Technology

ATSR - Assessment Team Summary Report

CFR - Code of Federal Regulations

DAPE - Developmental Adapted Physical Education

Deaf-Blind - For complete Information regarding disability requirements refer to Minnesota Rule 3525.1327

Deaf Hard of Hearing - For complete Information regarding disability requirements refer toMinnesota Rule 3525.1331

DD - Developmental Delay, For complete Information regarding disability requirements refer toMinnesota Rule 3525.1350

Due Process Hearing - A term for a hearing at which parents have the opportunity to show that the school district is not properly educating their child.

Dyslexia - Learning disability affecting reading ability. Persons with dyslexia may have difficulty remembering, recognizing and/or reversing written letters, numbers and words.

EAHCA - Education for All Handicapped Children Act, passed in 1975, which mandates free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for all disabled children in the United States.

EBD - Emotional Behavior Disorder, For complete Information regarding disability requirements refer to Minnesota Rule 3525.1329

ECSE - Early Childhood Special Education

ESY - Extended School Year

FAPE - Free And Appropriate Education

HO - Hearing Officer, a person appointed by the state who acts as a judge in a special education due process hearing.

HRO - Hearing Review Officer

IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,

IEP - Individual Education Plan

IFSP - Individualized Family Service Plan, both a process and a document of the plan of services and support needs for the child and family in their natural caring role.

LD - Learning Disability

LEA - Local Education Agency

LRE - Least Restrictive Environment, depending upon a child's disability, he or she should be educated in an environment with the least amount of restrictions/modifications made to meet the child's needs.

MMMI - Mild to Moderate Mentally Impaired

MSMI - Moderate to Severe Mentally Impaired

OHD - Other Health Disabilities, For complete Information regarding disability requirements refer to Minnesota Rule 3525.1335

OT - Occupational Therapy, addresses the promotion of optimal human health, function and movement through adapted behavior, play, sensory, motor and postural development.

PLOP - Present Level of Educational Performance, written summary describing a student's strengths and weaknesses in both current functioning and the unique instructional needs of that student.

Physically Impaired - For complete Information regarding disability requirements refer toMinnesota Rule 3525.1337

SLD - Specific Learning Disability, For complete Information regarding disability requirements refer to Minnesota Rule 3525.1341

SMI - For complete Information regarding disability requirements refer to Minnesota Rule 3525.1339

Speech or Language Impairment - For complete Information regarding disability requirements refer to Minnesota Rule 3525.1343

Transition - Individually tailored services provided to assist a child with disabilities to successfully access the main-stream environment.

TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury, For complete Information regarding disability requirements refer to Minnesota Rule 3525.1348

VI - Visual Impairment, For complete Information regarding disability requirements refer to Minnesota Rule 3525.1345