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Early Learning

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For more information on the new Office of Childhood please visit EarlyConnections.mo.gov

The Early Learning Section is responsible for oversight of the department's efforts to expand and improve the quality of early learning and parent education programs that support young children and families for success. It is our intent to provide a clear path for guiding the growth and development of young children prior to kindergarten entry. In addition to these programs, the Early Learning Section provides resources that can be useful to parents, child care providers, teachers and administrators about the learning and development of our youngest learners. 

Early Learning and Parent Education Programs

Blended Program

Child Care Development Fund

Missouri Preschool Program

Parents as Teachers

Early Learning Resources

Conference on the Young Years


Quality Assurance Report

School Readiness

Virtual Resources