Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

  • 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.



    Nichole Opiola, Albertville Primary 763-497-2688 X1215
    Rachel Johnson, Albertville Primary 763-497-2688 X1271
    Lindsey Peterson, Albertville Primary 763-497-2688 X1226
    Janelle Ortiz, ECSE Coordinator - Sherburne and Northern Wright County Special Education Cooperative #763-272-2930