School districts have a responsibility to identify, locate, and evaluate children from birth to 21 who have a disability and are in need of special education. Special education services are available to all public, non-public, home-school and pre-kindergarten children who meet the State of Minnesota’s criteria.  For more information about eligibility in the 13 districts in the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative (NLSEC), contact your school district principal, school psychologist or the NLSEC office at 218-655-5018.

Every child is unique and learns in different ways. If your child has been identified as needing special education services to support his or her learning at school, you can play a major role in shaping the services your child receives. Below are several resources that may assist you.

1) Parent Resource Booklet (pdf) 
For parents and guardians of preschool and school-age children. The purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive resource & local directory with information regarding:

  • Special education (overview and referral information)
  • County based services
  • Behavioral/mental health resources
  • Community based resources
  • Advocacy
  • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
  • Preschool age resources
  • Disability specific resources
  • Assistive Technology
  • Child development resources
  • Web based resources

2) Secondary Transition Resource Book (pdf)
Transitioning out of high school into the “real world” can be a very stressful and emotional time for both students and families. There is a lot of information to be aware of when planning for life after high school. This booklet was organized to assist families, students, and educators with the necessary information for community resources and transitional information within St. Louis, Carlton, Lake, Pine, and Aitkin counties.

3) Secondary Transition Planning Checklist - Fill out digitally (pdf)
The Secondary Transition planning process should take into account all of the necessary components that will help facilitate the student’s transition to adulthood. Use this checklist as a discussion in preparing for life after high school. Bring it to the student’s IEP meetings to talk about progress and how best to plan for the future.  Click here for a print only copy.

Additional Parent Resources