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Subject: ECSE/First Steps/Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO): Video Stream Link and Online Registration

Source: Pam Thomas, Coordinator of First Steps Program and Pam Williams, Coordinator of Special Education Services

Intended Audience: Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Directors, Teachers and System Point of Entry (SPOE) Directors, Service Coordinators

Date: July 6, 2010

The State Performance Plan (SPP) required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes an indicator that requires the reporting of performance on early childhood outcomes (ECO).  The ECO Assessment in Missouri is designed to gather entry and exit performance data for infants/toddlers and young children receiving services through Parts B (ECSE) and C (First Steps) of the IDEA.

In the fall of 2009, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) sponsored an ECO training for Part C System Points Of Entry (SPOE) and school district ECSE participants.  This presentation was recorded and can now be accessed through E-learning for Educators.

Registration is required.  Information on how to register as well as training materials and a FAQ document are available at:

SPOE and ECSE administrators/special education directors are encouraged to use this video recording and FAQ to ensure that all of their staff responsible for administration of the ECO, as well as data collection and reporting, are adequately trained and knowledgeable of all of the requirements.