Early Childhood Special Education


The mission of the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Department is to build independence in all preschool students to enable them to reach their full potential in preparation for kindergarten.

Welcome Back! 2023 is here!

As we return from our winter break and the weather will be what it will be, please remember to help your children with safe hygiene practices:

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds
  • Catch sneezes and coughs in the "crook" of the elbow
  • Sleep hygiene is important too...get plenty of rest (both you and your child) to have a great and effective day
If your child is sick, please keep them at home. We would rather they miss just one day of school and then come back healthy then to come in and spread germs to others and have even more people out sick. We wish you all to remain healthy and well!

Women Leaders of the Special Education Foundation:

The Special Education Foundation Women Leaders is an active women’s group committed to helping children and youth with disabilities. Since 2009, the Women Leaders of the Special Education Foundation has played a vital role in helping children and youth with disabilities. SEF and the Women Leaders are actively recruiting new members to join this active group interested in helping kids served by SSD in St. Louis County. If you, or someone you know, is interested in learning more about the group, please fill out this contact form on our website, and we’ll be in touch.

Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting

SSD has it's own PAC and if you would like to join them just log on here. Meetings are held via zoom from 7-9 pm.

  • Jan. 11, 2023
  • Feb. 8, 2023
  • April 12, 2023
  • May 10, 2023


Meeting ID: 955 4237 2430

Passcode: 795650

Complete this online form to learn more about getting involved with the SSD Parent Advisory Council.

Special Education Foundation (SEF) Accepting Applications for Kid to Camp Program:

The Special Education Foundation is now accepting applications to assist children with disabilities served by SSD to attend one or more camps this summer. Each year, the SEF provides tuition assistance to enable students served by SSD to attend summer camps. Sometimes children with disabilities cannot join their peers in a summer camp experience due to financial constraints or other hardships. SEF steps in to help young people and their families take advantage of these experiences that can sometimes be life-changing. Parents and caregivers can have peace of mind knowing that their child is in a safe and healthy place. Apply here.






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Lunch and Learn Series 2022-2023

Wednesday, Jan. 25th, 11:30am-1:30pm

This is an online event.

Special School District’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department is excited to offer a virtual Lunch & Learn series for SSD families and stakeholders. The series, which will involve community organizations sharing information about their work, will continue during the 2022-23 school year and take place from 11:30 AM - Noon.

Representatives from three community organizations and three SSD departments will participate in order to increase awareness about their agencies or programs and make connections with those in our SSD community who may benefit from their programs and services.

Features in the 2022-23 Lunch & Learn Series are:

Each event is held virtually through YouTube Live. To access the video, please click on the organization's name in the list above. The videos will not be available to view until their scheduled date and time.

Student Leadership Opportunities:

Please check out these unique and FREE leadership opportunities for high school students with disabilities, ages 16 - 21.

Review for any siblings or family friends with older students who may be interested.
ECSE Family Channel

Click here to see useful evidence based strategies on a variety of parenting topics for use in your home: Rules * Toilet Training * Schedules * Avoid Power Struggles & MORE. Compiled by the ECSE Student Support Facilitators.


  • Special School District Website; Here is the Special School District Website. Please explore to learn further.
  • Superintendent Insider; A Few words from Dr. Keenan.
  • Family and Community Engagement: The mission of the FACE department is to partner with students, families, and staff to support students' specialized academic, social, and emotional needs to promote self-determination, equitable opportunities, and authentic inclusion.
  • Parent Advisory Council of Special School District ; Please visit this site to learn details about the Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

The ECSE Administrative Team

Stacy M. Sturdivant

Director of Early Childhood Special Education

(314) 989-8411

Margaret Dyer

Special Education Coordinator

Ladue & Ritenour

(314) 989-8374

Karin Fleming

Special Education Coordinator

Affton, Bayless, Hancock, South County Head Start, &Webster


Geannie Floyd

Special Education Coordinator

Brentwood, Lindbergh & Valley Park


Cheryl Hermann

Special Education Coordinator

ECSE Deaf/Hard of Hearing, & Audiology


Liz Kenner

Special Education Coordinator

Evaluation Teams & Parkway Step Program

(314) 989-7831 or (314) 415-4980

Jen Roper

Special Education Coordinator

Parkway ECC, Parkway North Preschool, & Satellite Sites

(314) 415-4983

Kathleen Vierod

Special Education Coordinator

Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Jennings, Normandy, & Riverview Gardens

(314) 989-8213