Hermantown Schools

Early Childhood

Special Education

Birth to Age 5

Hermantown Area Family Resource Center (HAFRC)

5028 Miller Truck Hwy

Hermantown, MN 55811


Becky Kleinman

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

729-0364 Ext. 120





Melanie Olson

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

729-0364 Ext. 124


Services for ECSE students

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • School Social Worker
  • School Psychologist
  • School Nurse

Educational Programs At HAFRC

  • Early Head Start
  • Head Start

Phone # 729-5509

  • School Readiness (4's and 5's)
  • Stepping Stones (3's and 4's)
  • Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
  • Stay and Play

Phone # 729-9563


The Early Childhood Special Education Process:

For Teachers:

  • If you have a concern about a student, talk with the parent(s) about your concerns and ask if they have similar concerns.

  • Get the parent's permission to make a referral to special education.

For Parents:

  • Talk with your student's teacher, doctor, and other caregivers.

  • Get in contact with special education staff and share your concerns.

Once a referral is made:

  • Special education staff will set up a time to meet with the family, discuss concerns, and possibly get to know your family's history as it relates to the child's life.

  • If the team (that includes the parent) decides formal assessment should take place, the staff will write up a permission document and start assessment after parental written consent as been received. Assessment is done to determine a child's educational needs.

  • Once assessment is complete, a meeting will be held to discuss the results.

  • If the child qualifies for services under MN State Eligibility criteria a plan will be written that will have goals that are individualized to help the child be successful in their educational environment.


Links to Educational Resources

Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs


Minnesota Department of Education


Autism Society of America


Autism Society of Minnesota


Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative