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 a 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.


2020-21 Goals

  1. Do our best during challenging times.
  2. Increase MDE support for networking groups.
  3. Back to basics and plan to leapfrog.