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Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Belief Statements


ECSE Vision and Belief Statement Development

In 1995, the Early Childhood Special Education section of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education held multiple committee meetings with a variety of stakeholders who were representative of the state to develop vision and belief statements. These statements describe the direction the state of Missouri is taking in developing services for young children with disabilities.

A vision is philosophy and value driven rather than action driven. A vision is not confined to present educational practices but describes the future. Missouri's vision and belief statements for ECSE services continue to provide direction for services to young children.


Vision for Early Childhood Special Education in Missouri

Families, staff, and the community will work together to effectively meet the individual needs of young children with disabilities through a variety of early childhood special education services.   These services will be family focused, developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive, community sensitive, and cost effective. Multiple resources will be used to enhance each child's future by assuring that trained staff and equitable early childhood special education services are available to children and families across the state.


Early Childhood Special Education Belief Statements