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.

Affordable Connectivity Program:

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission program that helps connect families or households struggling to afford internet service. This new benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application. You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/ACP, or by calling 877.384.2575.

FACE 3 Part Series:

Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse Framework will be held on Tuesdays, October 4th, 11th, and 18th from 11:30-12:00pm. In these 30-minute virtual sessions, families will receive an overview of Charting the LifeCourse, gather insight on the history of the framework, and learn how it can provide a systematic way to plan for the future. The second and third sessions will focus on the Trajectory tool and Integrated Supports Star planning tool and how to successfully use them. RSVP for Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse.

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Recess Isn't Just Fun and Games, It's Learning Time Too!

Shout out to Miss Kari who created this core communication board for use on the playground at Ritenour School for Early Childhood Education. Miss Kari wanted to work on carryover of communication across skills. Many students may work with individualized versions of this board. Seeing it throughout their day and various locations will provide a powerful language opportunity. Click here to learn more about this Playground Core Board.
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Miss Erin Teacher of the Year Winner 2020-21 School Year Update!

Erin Hemme, a teacher at the Ladue Early Childhood Center for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, makes learning fun for her students. Hemme is a regional finalist for the Missouri Teacher of the Year 2022. Wishing her the best!!

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SSD's Paraprofessional of the Month--Miss Cindy Krumm

Congratulations to Miss Cindy, she was selected as the Paraprofessional of the month for SSD. She works with students and staff in the ECSE classroom housed at Barrett's Elementary in Parkway. We are so proud to have our phenomenal staff recognized!
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Lunch and Learn Series 2022-2023

Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 11:30am-12pm

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.

Family Leadership Institute (FLI)

The highly successful SSD Parent Leadership Institute that has had more than 280 participants since 2007 is once again being offered under a new name of Family Leadership Institute (FLI).

The Institute will be Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm at SSD Central Office:

  • October 12, 2022
  • October 19, 2022
  • October 26, 2022 and
  • November 2, 2022

If you are a parent or family member who makes the educational decisions for a child with a disability, investing the time to attend these four Wednesday evening sessions will provide:

VISION: for the future of your child.

KNOWLEDGE: to help effectively participate in your child's education.

LEADERSHIP SKILLS: to improve the educational climate for all children.

ACCESS: to new resources, friends, and experts to help you on your journey.

Apply today https://www.ssdmo.org/Page/509

Parent Cafe

A Parent Café will be held on October 27th from 6-8 at North Technical High School. Cafes are hosted by families for families. They provide parents and caregivers a safe and welcoming space to connect and learn from each other. They are centered on the Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors: Resilience, Relationships, Knowledge, Support and Communication. RSVP for Family Cafes

Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTLC)

Join FACE as they welcome CAASTLC to the Family Resource Hub located in North Technical High School on Friday, October 14th from 9am-4pm. Families can learn about case management, utility assistance, rental assistance, financial education, weatherization, program development and education activities. A CAASTLC representative will be available to answer questions and assist with applications. To learn more about Hub Huddles please call 314-989-8034.

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