Coordinator's Corner

News from MDE - Early Learning Services

Wrapping Up the 2017-18 School Year
Below are some helpful updates from your colleagues in early learning at MDE. See the MDE Contacts tab if you need to reach us. See the Old News tab for previous updates.

Birth Certificates
We have received some inquiries regarding student birth certificates. The Student Support Data Collection page of the MDE website contains a useful document that addresses this issue: SSDC Immigrant Children and Youth User Guide. Go to the SSDC page and scroll down to find the document.
Below are a couple more useful documents:
Fact Sheet: Information on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in School
Click Here
Information on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in School: Questions and Answers for States, School Districts and Parents
Click Here

Early Childhood Administration
There is a new tool for those who administer/coordinate early childhood programs. It is called the Knowledge and Competency Framework for Early Childhood Administrators. More information can be found on this page Leadership-Administration. Please check out this new tool and discuss it with your regional networking group.

Early Childhood Family Education
Are you in the process of completing your Community Needs Assessment (CNA)? When submitting your CNA for the Annual Report, approach it like a School Board member or legislator is reading it. A good source of data for your CNA is the EC Longitudinal Data System. More information and resources are on the ECFE-Needs-Assessment page..

Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System (ECLDS)
We are very pleased to share some long-awaited new data additions to our Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System! We now have child protection data and early learning scholarships information.

  • Child protection analytics are available under the Third Grade report series.
  • Early Learning Scholarships are available under the Birth to Pre-K series.
  • We now have a series of videos and tutorials available to users.

Click Here for ECLDS

New Video! Minnesota’s data story
Click Here, The Early Childhood Data Collaborative

Early Childhood Screening
Are you a new coordinator or screener? Short online training videos and find other helpful resources:
The next Early Childhood Screening free, live training will be offered Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at MDE in Roseville.
Click to register now: Early Childhood Screening Training
Registration information will also be posted soon on MDE calendar.

Early Learning Scholarships - Pathway II

Early Learning Standards
Revised Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards (ECIPs)
Click Here or

Family Engagement Professional Learning Modules
A new professional learning tool is now available for districts.
Go to the Family Engagement page on the parenting education wiki.

Kindergarten Entry Profile (KEP) Initiative

Knowledge and Competencies for Early Childhood Administrators
Hopefully everyone has completed their 2016-17 Regional Networking Group project. We really need your real-world experience to help generate competencies. When complete, this will be a valuable tool for coordinators (it will help with professional development, planning, recognition of complexity of the role of coordinators, etc.).
More information on the project is also on the regional networking group page.
Mike will gather and refine information. Then, along with coordinators, we will meet in late June to go through each indicator. Hope to get first draft of document to the field this fall.

New Administrators
You will notice that there is a "New Administrators" page on this website. The goal for this page is to provide information for new administrators/coordinators that will give them a useful introduction to the roles and responsibilities of early childhood coordinators. Determining what should be included (and in what order) on this page is challenging, especially if we want to avoid overwhelming people who are brand new to their position. If you have any feedback/suggestions on what should be included (e.g., what is the most important information for new administrators/coordinators?), please let me know (su.nm.etats|nworb.p.ekim#su.nm.etats|nworb.p.ekim).

News You Can Use
The Most Productive Meetings Have Fewer Than 8 People
Click Here, Harvard Business Review

Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)
New Tiered Licensure in Minnesota, click here for graphic

Policy Statement on Expulsion and Suspension Policies in Early Childhood Settings
Click Here, U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED)

Professional Learning Opportunities
Heal My Home: Conversations about Childhood Poverty and Fathers
February 5-6, 2018, Click Here, Minnesota Fathers & Families Network

School Readiness
The School Readiness Program Plan is no longer required. Instead, similar requirements were added to World's Best Workforce. More information on how to include this in your World's Best Workforce plan are forthcoming. In the meantime, see this page of the MDE website:

You will find this document, World’s Best Workforce Goal #1: All Children Ready for School Writing Goals and Strategies to be helpful. Please note the agreed upon expectations of school readiness, designed to highlight children’s right to enter kindergarten:

  • Child is at least five years of age by September 1 of the child’s enrollment year (Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.20).
  • Child has received early childhood screening (Minnesota Statutes, section121A.17).
  • Child has received medically acceptable immunizations (Minnesota Statutes, section121A.15).

Please let Mike (su.nm.etats|nworb.p.ekim#su.nm.etats|nworb.p.ekim) know if your district has included a biennial School Readiness plan (describing how your program meets the School Readiness program requirements in MN statutes) in your district's WBWF plan. We are not monitoring, but want to identify examples to highlight.

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten