Outreach activities include the Childhood Connections e-newsletter, various webinars with stakeholders, and advisory council meetings. Outreach is important; it helps families and professionals become more involved in Missouri’s system of childhood services, including early learning and afterschool programs. From learning about programs to providing feedback on a policy, there are a variety of ways that stakeholders can engage with others at the local, regional, and state level.
Missouri stakeholders and leaders came together with The Hunt Institute in the spring and summer of 2021 to develop recommendations for ongoing engagement with the Office of Childhood with the goal of ensuring meaningful participation within its decision-making processes. To achieve this goal, leaders held numerous meetings, focus groups, and survey activities to unite all early childhood and afterschool stakeholders to provide the Office of Childhood with comprehensive feedback and recommendations for Early Childhood and Afterschool Stakeholder Engagement.
Early Connections is a central place for families and professionals to access resources and information about what young children need from the Early Care & Education (ECE) system. We help families provide safe environments for their children, engage families in their children’s health and development and bring services for children and families together across the state.
Preschool Development Grant (PDG B-5)
Early Learning & Early Literacy are key priority areas in the Department’s strategic plan, Show Me Success. The Preschool Development Grant provides DESE the opportunity to support this plan and the efforts.
Advisory councils allow for two-way communication between the Office of Childhood and stakeholders, ensuring there is regular, ongoing, and meaningful engagement with reciprocal communication across diverse groups of stakeholders.
Childhood Connections E-Newsletter
Childhood Connections is the Office of Childhood’s monthly e-newsletter. As a Childhood Connections subscriber, you will receive announcements, important reminders, and other news from the Office of Childhood. To subscribe visit EarlyConnections.mo.gov and click “Join the Mailing List” in the upper right hand side of the page.