ECSE Connect is an online community for Bloomington Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) families, i.e. parents and caregivers of kids on an IEP, IFSP, 504 plan, etc., or parents and caregivers of kids with complex medical needs. The community enables families to connect with and support each other. The community is moderated by ECSE parents who are also members of the Bloomington Early Learning Advisory Council.

Things to do here:

Meet other parents and caregivers
Share joys and concerns
Get professional recommendations

ECSE Connect is hosted on a Discord server. There are channels for these topics and more.

Curious to learn more? Come to our Welcome Event on October 8th

Join us to meet other families and learn more about the ESCE Connect support group while enjoying playtime at the park. We will have snacks for kids and free giveaways for some really cool adaptive equipment (see preview of giveaways below)!

ECSE Connect Welcome Event
Saturday, October 8, 2022, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Augsburg Park, 7000 Nicollet Ave, Richfield, MN 55423
Free and open to any family interested in learning about the ECSE Connect support group!

Giveaways at October 8th Welcome Event:

  • Kinetic Sand kits

  • Travel-size Kinetic Sand

  • Visual Routine Cards

  • ASL Cards for Speech Delay

  • 10X Power Stand Magnifier

  • Adaptive Scissors

  • Fidget Toys

  • Sensory Chew Necklaces

  • Bouncy Horse ride-on toy

How to join the support group:

Fill out our Request to Join form which includes providing your contact information, describing your relationship to Bloomington Early Learning Services, and agreeing to these community guidelines:

  • Our main objective is to support each other, therefore we listen and offer encouragement without judgment.

  • We do not promote "cures" or unproven causes for various conditions (e.g. vaccines cause autism).

  • We are respectful of everyone's abilities, race, gender, religion, culture, etc.

  • We are mindful to frame comments in regard to our own experience (we can learn a lot from each other's experiences).

  • We do not share personal information we learn about here outside of the group.

Once approved, you will receive a welcome email with an invite link to the ECSE Connect Discord server.

Frequently asked questions:

  1. Do I have to live in Bloomington to join?
    No, but you need to be currently enrolled in Bloomington Early Learning Services OR interested in learning more about its programs.

  2. Where is the community hosted?
    ECSE Connect is hosted on a Discord server. More about Discord.

  3. How is my privacy protected?
    The ECSE Connect Discord server is a private online group. Only individuals who have filled out the Request to Join form and been approved will receive an invitation to join the server.

  4. How do you ensure this is a safe place to share about my family/children?
    We have a verification process to ensure the integrity of the community; this includes all members having a relationship with Bloomington Early Learning Services and agreeing to the Community Guidelines (see above).

  5. Do I have to share or can I just join to see what others are talking about?
    You can do whatever works for you! While we encourage everyone to engage, we also realize support might be “being heard” or simply observing what others are sharing.

  6. What if I am having trouble getting in or have questions about Discord or the community?
    Send an email to our community moderator at ECSEconnect@gmail.com. We would be happy to help you!

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