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Early & Extended Learning

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Within Early and Extended Learning is the Early Learning Section and the Extended Learning Section.  

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 Grant, Missouri Preschool Program and Parents as Teachers Program. The office is also responsible for the development of early learning standards.

The 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.