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About Us

Within the Division of Learning Services, the Office of Early and Extended Learning is responsible for the overseeing the department’s efforts to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children and providing supports for teachers, programs, parents and families of young children. Staff administers the Missouri Preschool Program and the Child Care Development Fund Grant. The office is also responsible for the development of early learning standards.

As part of the Office and Early and Extended Learning, the Extended Learning Section is responsible for overseeing both the Afterschool Program and the Learn and Serve (Service-Learning) Program. 


Afterschool programs provide a safe, caring and nurturing place for extended learning, social, recreational, academic, and personal life skills development for students during non-school hours (before- and/or after-school). Afterschool programs foster partnerships among the schools, parents/families and communities. Federal and State grant competitions are periodically available. Service-Learning is a teaching method that combines classroom studies with community service in a way that improves student academic grades and increases school attendance and helps students develop personal and social responsibility while at the same time improving their community.  Service-Learning programs benefit students during the regular school day and also as part of an Afterschool program.

Contact Information

Dennis Cooper 

Assistant Commissioner

Email: Dennis.Cooper@dese.mo.gov

Jackie Wieberg

Executive Assistant

Email:  Jackie.Wieberg@dese.mo.gov

Phone:  573-751-4234

Fax:  573-751-9434

Mailing Address:

Office of Early and Extended Learning

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

P.O. Box 480

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Street Address:

7th Floor, Jefferson Building

205 Jefferson Street

Jefferson City, MO 65101