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.

"Enrollment" Letters

Please be on the lookout for letters late July. These letters will provide the following information:

-Name of your child's teacher

-School address and phone number

-Special Education Administrator name and contact information

-First Day of School

-Attendance information including days of the week and session assigned

If you have questions please know that staff will return at least a week prior to your child's first day. They will be in various professional development meetings, setting up the classroom and planning for the return of students. One task will be to reach out to you and to share a little bit about the plans for the start of the year. Any open house sessions, any list of needed items (don't forget a change of clothes) and to discuss the communication plan for the year. We honor you as the expert on your child's interests and dislikes so please start thinking of some of those things that we might need to know. Even if we worked with your child last year there may be something new that happened this summer. We'd like to know whatever you have to share with us.

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://SSDPEDA.as.me/FALL2022FLI

Family and Community Engagement Information

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.


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


Geannie Floyd

Special Education Coordinator

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