Regional Networking Groups

The regional networking groups were created using the Governor's Economic Development regions. The groups/maps were restructured (from the old MNAFEE maps) in order to be consistent with other maps. This page is organized into three set of tabs: One for coordinators, one for educators, and one for information sharing. Each school district is listed in the regions below.



According to an MDE survey of early childhood coordinators, the best resource for information, guidance, and support is other coordinators. One of the goals of networking groups is to connect coordinators and build regional and statewide capacity. Another goal of networking groups is to increase communication and collaboration not only among district programs, but also between the state and districts.

The concept driving our capacity-building and improvement efforts is Leadership from the Middle (LftM). LftM can be briefly defined as: a deliberate strategy that increases the capacity and internal coherence of the middle as it becomes a more effective partner upward to the state and downward to its schools and communities, in pursuit of greater system performance. The goal of LftM is to develop greater overall system coherence by strengthening the focus of the middle in relation to system goals and local needs. Thus, it is not a standalone, but rather a connected strategy. This approach is powerful because it mobilizes the middle (districts and/or networks of schools), thus developing widespread capacity, while at the same time the middle works with its schools more effectively and becomes a better and more influential partner upward to the center. Click Here to continue reading.

Regional Groups - TEACHER LEADERS (EC, Parent Ed, Home Visitors, etc)


In order to advance the field and maximize our effectiveness, it is essential that early childhood teachers, parenting educators and home visitors have a strong, supportive network of colleagues. One of the goals of networking groups is to connect educators and build regional and statewide capacity.


2016-17 Project

Early Childhood Administrator Knowledge and Competency Framework

The year we will be working collaboratively to create a Knowledge and Competency Framework for early childhood administrators.

The work is aligned with two key resources:

  1. Core leadership competencies for Minnesota administrative licenses Click Here
  2. Minnesota’s Knowledge and Competency Framework for Early Childhood Professionals: Working with Preschool-Aged Children in Center and School Programs Click Here
  3. Another resource that may be helpful is the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders Click Here, from the National Policy Board for Educational Administration


  1. View PPT for project overview Click Here.
  2. Download spreadsheet Click Here
  3. Note that the core leadership competencies have already been added to a spreadsheet. They are in black and there is a tab for each area.
  4. See which area your regional group has been assigned (below).
  5. Download competency levels Click Here
  6. Familiarize yourself with the competency levels. They are similar to the levels used in the KCF for early childhood professionals, except tailored to early childhood administrators.
  7. Our task is to create competencies that show progression from level to level, as EC administrators gain knowledge, skills, and experience.
  8. It may be helpful to use Bloom's taxonomy as a resource when writing/creating. Click Here or Here
  9. Make contributions in purple text.
  10. Save Excel file and send to su.nm.etats|nworb.p.ekim#su.nm.etats|nworb.p.ekim by May 5, 2017.

Core Leadership Competencies for Administrators
A. Leadership (Region 9 North, Region 11 North & East)
B. Organizational Management (Region 7E, Region 9 South)
C. Diversity Leadership (Region 10 West, Region 11 West)
D. Policy and Law (Region 2 North, Region 7W North & West)
E. Political Influence and Governance (Region 2 South, Region 11 South)
F. Communication (Region 1 North, Region 7W South & East)
G. Community Relations (Region 1 South, Region 6E)
H. Curriculum Planning and Development for the Success of All Learners (Region 3 East, Region 10 East)
I. Instructional Management for the Success of All Learners (Region 3 West, Region 10 West)
J. Human Resource Management (Region 3 South, Region 6W)
K. Values and Ethics of Leadership (Region 4 North, Region 8 North)
L. Judgment and Problem Analysis (Region 4 South, Region 8 South)
M. Safety and Security (Region 5 North and South)

Subpart 6: Director of EC and Family Education Competencies
6A. Instructional Leadership (Region 3, Region 6E and 6W, Region 9, Region 11 South & West)
6B. Monitor Student Learning (Region 2, Region 5, Region 8, Region 11 North & East)
6C. EC and Family Programs Leadership (Region 1, Region 4, Region 7E and 7W, Region 10)