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Subject: ECSE/First Steps/Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO): FAQ and Video Stream Available Online

Source: Pam Thomas, Coordinator of First Steps Program and Pam Williams, Coordinator of Special Education Services

Intended Audience: Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Directors, Teachers, System Point of Entry (SPOE) Directors, and Service Coordinators

Date: April 28, 2010

The State Performance Plan (SPP), required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), includes an indicator that requires data collection on early childhood outcomes (ECO).  The ECO is designed to gather entry and exit performance data for children receiving services in Part C of IDEA (First Steps Program) and Part B (Early Childhood Special Education).

In the fall of 2009, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) sponsored an ECO training for Part C System Points Of Entry (SPOE) and school district ECSE participants.  This presentation was recorded and excerpts from the recording are now available.

Additionally, a series of frequently asked questions (FAQ) from the presentation have been answered.  Both the video excerpts and the FAQ are available online at:

SPOE and ECSE administrators/special education directors are encouraged to use this video and FAQ to ensure that all of their staff responsible for administration of the ECO, as well as data collection and reporting, are adequately trained and knowledgeable of all of the requirements.

For First Steps - If you need further information regarding ECO, please contact your Area Director. 

For ECSE - If you need further information regarding the administration of ECO, contact Martha Leader at or 573-751-2512.  For information regarding data collection and reporting, contact Mary Corey at or 573-751-8165.