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Early Learning

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The Early Learning Section is responsible for 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 Child Care Development Fund GrantMissouri Preschool Program and Parents as Teachers Program. The office is also responsible for the development of early learning standards.


Now for Later: Investing in Early Learning  Now for Later

High-quality, parenting education and voluntary early childhood education are top priorities for our state. In order to create the best start possible start for Missouri's youngest learners, we must work together now for later. The Now for Later initiative promotes the importance of creating opportunities for high quality early childhood education for all Missouri children. One of the Department's Top 10 by 20 goals is that all children will enter Kindergarten ready for success. High quality early childhood education helps prepare students for success in school. 

Learn more by watching our new early learning video or visit nowforlater.org.