May 2017 - In This Issue:

Hello! It is my pleasure to announce that Pathfinder Services of North Dakota
has moved to its new location in the Town and Country Center in Minot, ND.  I would like to thank our staff and the volunteers from Minot Air Force Base for all the hard work they put into making sure our move was as painless as possible. It is our hope that our new location in Town and Country will be easier for our clientele to locate and more accessible to our families and educators when they are attempting to use our services.  If you find yourself in the Minot area, please feel free to stop in and get acquainted with our new location as well as our newest staff member, Amy Anderson.  Thank you for all your support during our transition to our new location.

Timothy S. Starks
Executive Director


The Updated Dear Colleague Letter on Preschool Least Restrictive Environments provides updated guidance on preschool least restrictive environments (LRE) and addresses: key statutory and regulatory requirements; preschool placement options; reporting educational environments data for preschool children with disabilities; and the use of IDEA Part B funds for preschool children with disabilities. (Created January 9, 2017)

To read the letter, visit:

PartnerDateTimeTitleLocationCostTo register
NDSU Extension5/23/17-6/27/17
2-4 pm
Powerful Tools for Caregivers:  Children with Special Needs.
1010 2nd Ave, South
Military Child Education 
11 am
the Summer Slide
On DemandOn Demand

Self Advocacy Skill Building
PACER5/10/20176:30-8 pm
Finding and Funding Assistive Technology for Young Children
Live Web StreamFree

Early Childhood Education From Birth to Age 7

Parenting the First Year

Parenting the First Year is North Dakota's own magazine for parents of babies ages birth to 12 months. This magazine is provided as a free service to North Dakota residents who are parents of a new baby and is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Health and the North Dakota Department of Human Services. As a new parent, remember that you don't have to know everything. Parenting the First Year offers suggestions and resources that will help you learn as your baby grows. To read more:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
 Students with Disabilities & Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (commonly referred to as Section 504) is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Those programs include public school districts, institutions of higher education, and other state and local education agencies. To qualify under Section 504, a student must have a disability and that disability must limit a major life function. The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008 (ADA) broadened the definition of disability in the ADA as well as in Section 504. To read more visit:   


AMP's Top 10 Tips for Engaging with Young People

Young people between the ages of 16 and 25 have their own unique set of needs and culture. Consequently, behavioral health providers must customize their approaches and services in ways that respect young people's goals and hopes for the future and support them as they transition into adulthood.

The best way to know what young people want is to ask them! AMP's Top 10 Tips for Engaging with Youth People can help. It's presented in infographic form, where each tip includes examples of what to stay, what NOT to say, and why. To learn more visit:

 The First IEP Parent Perspectives

This informative DVD answers common questions about individualized education programs (IEPs)
and helps parents and professionals come together to ensure children's smooth transition from early intervention to preschool. Watch parent-professional collaboration at work as a mother meets with her early interventionist. See a simulation of an IEP meeting for a child and follow-up clips of the child in his new school.


Resources for Head Start Families
Want to know more about Head Start, including how to apply? Looking for a Head Start program in your neighborhood? The Office of Head Start's website has all that information. You'll also find additional information about parenting, health and safety tips, milestones in your child's life, and more.

Office of Head Start's website:

Pathfinder Services of ND, 1015 S Broadway, Suite 42, Minot, ND 58701-3459
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