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Subject: Parent Advisor Services for Families of Children Birth to Age 5
Source: Missouri School for the Blind

Intended Audience: Families of children birth through age two with sensory impairments and districts providing Parent Advisor services for families of children ages 3 through 5

Date: February 7, 2007

For the past three years, Parent Advisor services for families of children birth through two years old with sensory impairments have been provided through the First Steps system and Parent Advisor services for the families ages 3 through 5 have been provided through local school districts and IEP provisions.

Effective January 1, 2007, the Missouri School for the Blind's Missouri Statewide Parent Involvement Network (MoSPIN) and Missouri School for the Deaf's Early Intervention Outreach Services will resume recruiting, training, and assigning Parent Advisor's as part of the reimplementation of services to families.

Through MoSPIN and Early Intervention Outreach Services, trained Parent Advisors visit the family's home on a regular basis to instruct parents on a variety of issues unique to their child. The instruction is based on nationally recognized curricula.

Programs currently contracting directly with individual Parent Advisors to provide services will no longer need to do so effective July 1, 2007.
All new Parent Advisor services for families of children birth through five will be processed and paid directly by MSB or MSD rather than LEAs or First Steps.

For additional information, please contact: Ginny Williams, MoSPIN Lead Parent Advisor for Missouri School for the Blind, ginwilliams@aol.com or Robyn Fleming, Lead Parent Advisor of the Early Intervention Outreach Services for the Missouri School for the Deaf, moparlf@hotmail.com.

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Division of Special Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Email:  webreplyspe@dese.mo.gov
Phone: 573-751-5739   Fax:  573-526-4404

 

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