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Nurses for Newborns in Missouri: Nurses for Newborns provides a safety net for families most at-risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect by providing in-home nursing visits, which promote healthcare, education, and positive parenting skills.

First Steps Early Intervention - Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE): First Steps offers coordinated services and assistance to young children with special needs and their families. First Steps is designed for children, birth to age three, who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with developmental disabilities.

Missouri Parent’s as Teachers: Parents as Teachers builds strong communities, thriving families and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn by matching parents and caregivers with trained professionals who make regular personal home visits during a child’s earliest years in life, from prenatal through kindergarten.

Early Childhood Special Education - Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE): Families, staff, and the community will work together to effectively meet the individual needs of young children with disabilities through a variety of early childhood special education services. These services will be family focused, developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive, community sensitive, and cost effective. Multiple resources will be used to enhance each child's future by assuring that trained staff and equitable early childhood special education services are available to children and families across the state.

Missouri Head Start: The Missouri Head Start Association is a statewide non-profit association dedicated to the success of all Missouri children. Head Start provides education, leadership, and tools for advocacy for all Head Start and Early Head Start parents, friends, and professionals in Missouri.

Childcare Resources: To raise the quality of early child care educational experiences in Missouri by improving child care services through training, education, quality standards, coaching, and business support.

ParentLink - University of Missouri Columbia: ParentLink supports Missouri’s families and communities by linking parents and professionals to information and resources. We provide quality parenting information, materials, and other resources to strengthen and support Missouri’s families.

MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Special Education Services - Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE): The Office of Special Education administers state and federal funds to support services for students and adults with disabilities.

Special Education Information/Advocacy Skills

Special Education/Parent Information - Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE): MO DESE Special Education Compliance Section houses information about the special education process for parents.

Parent’s Guide to Special Education in MO - Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE): This document serves as a guide for the rules of special education and related services.

Missouri Parents Act (MPACT): MPACT is a non-profit that serves children with disabilities, their families, and communities throughout the state. MPACT has served as Missouri’s federally funded Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center since 1988.

Wrightslaw: Wrightslaw provides parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD): NCL offers a Parent’s Guide to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) describing rights and responsibilities under IDEA.

U.S. Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):  This website brings together IDEA information and resources from the Department and its grantees for parents, students, educators, and providers.

IDEA Partnership: The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local levels.

Center for Parent Information and Resources: Provides parent- and family-friendly information and research-based materials on key topics such as IDEA.

LDonline: The site features a multitude of articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.provides information about IDA including its history, purpose, its components, and aspects of the law.

American Psychological Association (APA): The APA advocates for the well-being and support of students with disabilities as well as the ability of psychologists to serve them, their families and their schools.

General Information/Resources

Missouri Family-to-Family (MOF2F): MOF2F, housed at the Institute of Human Development (IHD) at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC), provides accurate information and support for people and their family members looking for assistance in navigating through services related to developmental disabilities and/or special health care needs. This includes providing connections to peer matching and mentoring supports, access to a variety of training, and opportunities for involvement. MOF2F includes family members of individuals with disabilities or special health care needs.

IDDHelp.org – United Way 2-1-1: IDDHelp is a partnership of the region’s Senate Bill 40 Boards (SB40s), powered by United Way 2-1-1, that is designed to help you find solutions to your needs. This partnership consists of The Productive Living Board (PLB), Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles County (DDRB) and the St. Louis City Office for Developmental Disability Resources (DD Resources), who are all public taxing entities commonly known as an SB40 Board, that enters into funding contracts with agencies that serve individuals with developmental disabilities in their respective counties. 
These local SB40 Boards have teamed up with United Way 2-1-1 to leverage the existing 2-1-1 system, enhance it with in-depth disabilities-specific resources, and provide a centralized source of information regarding services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

United Way 2-1-1 – Missouri: United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide.  United Way is focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life through meeting basic needs, financial stability, education, health, and strong communities.

The Beach Center on Disability – Supporting Families: The Beach Center, one of 15 centers within Life Span Institute (LSI) at the University of Kansas (KU), is a multidisciplinary research and training center committed to making a significant and sustainable positive difference in the quality of life of individuals and their families impacted by disability and the professionals who support them.

Missouri Disability Portal: The MO Disability Portal provides an array of information and links to various information pertaining to the needs of people with disabilities including state and federal benefits, assistive technology, civil rights, etc.

Missouri Community Options and Resources (MOCOR): MOCOR provides information and resources to identify supports and services throughout Missouri. MOCOR is a partnership of the Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS), Department of Mental Health (DMH), and the Department of Social Services.