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Subject: Head Start and Local Educational Agency Collaboration
Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Special Education Contacts and Directors of Special Education

Date: August 16, 2007

In recent years, local districts and head start offices have had success in working together to address the needs of children with disabilities.
It is important that we continue to move forward, and I ask your cooperation. At the following link, please find a letter regarding this topic which I ask that you share with the appropriate staff in your school district:  http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Compliance/Guidance/HeadStart.pdf.  We are currently working with stakeholders on a revision to the Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the joint responsibilities for this population. It will be shared once it is revised this winter. In the meantime, the letter contains a link to the current Memorandum of Understanding.

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Jefferson City, MO 65102
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