Early Childhood Special Education

March 2022

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.

Lunch and LearnSeries

Wednesday, April 6th, 11:30am

This is an online event.

Special School District’s Family and Community Outreach, Social Work, Parent Education and Diversity Awareness (PEDA) and Communications departments have teamed up 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 take place on the first Wednesday of each month during the 2021-22 school year, from 11:30 AM - Noon.


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


Organizations represented in the Lunch & Learn series include:

Virtual Workshop: Meeting your child's needs using Charting the LIfeCourse Tools in the IEP process

Tuesday, March 15th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Your child's school Individualized Education Plan (IEP) can be intimidating and overwhelming at times. Find out how to utilize LifeCourse Tools to help prepare and communicate effectively with your child's IEP team to determine the most successful goals and interventions to help your child reach their potential.


To register for this workshop, click here: https://SSDPEDA.as.me/CTLCwithSTLARC

Family and Community Engagement Information

Mental Health First Aid Training for SSD Families

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, and others to help adolescents experiencing mental health and/or addictions challenge or crisis. It is designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Nationally this course is valued at $170; due to a grant from Missouri's Department of Mental Health and a collaboration with the Ferguson Community Center, you have the opportunity to attend at no cost.

Saturday, March 19th from 9 – 1:30 PM at Ferguson Community Center. 1050 Smith Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Space is limited. To register click here. Registration will close on Monday, March 7th or when all seats are filled.

The Summer Resource Packet is Here

Get tips and tricks to making this your child's best summer yet.

To access the Summer Resource Packet, click here: PEDA 2022 Summer Resource Packet

To access the YouTube Video of our recent Summer Resource Fair, click here: https://youtu.be/VVeYDiL8ykM


Please note that there is limited information for preschool aged students but our department's social workers are working to collect information specifically for our age-group. Hopefully both resources will help meet your family's summer needs.

Please see this job opportunity below:

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Helpful Links

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.

Resources:

The ECSE Administrative Team

Stacy M. Sturdivant

Director of Early Childhood Special Education

Coordinator for Brentwood

(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

(314)-989-8546


Geannie Floyd

Special Education Coordinator

Lindbergh & Valley Park

(314)989-8376


Cheryl Hermann

Special Education Coordinator

ECSE Deaf/Hard of Hearing, & Audiology

(314)-989-8274


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

Director Q & A Chat

Join Stacy M. Sturdivant, Director of Early Childhood Special Education, for a Q & A session where you have the opportunity for asking questions or general discussion. Use this link to request a 15 minute appointment.


Topic: Director's Q & A Talks

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/DirectorQATalks@ssdmoorg.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/