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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Missouri Early Learning Standards

Source: Ginger Henry, Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Early Childhood Teachers, Early Childhood Special Education Teachers, Special Education Directors, Administrators

Date: January 15, 2013

Time Sensitive Due Date: February 28, 2013

The Department has been engaged in a process of revising the Missouri Early Learning Standards (MELS).  This includes revisions to the existing standards for children ages 3 to kindergarten entry and expanding those standards for children birth to age three.  Along with this significant revision, we are also considering the alignment to the Core Academic Standards.

At this time, the Department is requesting comments on these revisions.  The draft revised standards are located at  All comments should be sent to for consideration as we move forward with this important work.  These comments must be received no later than February 28, 2013.