Early Childhood Education

  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a program designed to address the developmental learning needs of children ages 3-5.  Certificated staff work closely with families and community resources to enhance the social/emotional, physical, learning, and communication development of young children.  Educational plans are developed and tailored to each child as an individual and specially designed services are provided accordingly at no cost to parents.  We are proud of our success in providing services for ECSE students with their typically developing peers, whether in a community preschool or in a specially designed setting.  

    The ECSE programs are exemplary programs that foster student success through parent involvement, professional development, and a cooperative team approach.  Our role is to provide a variety of challenging learning experiences that promote the expansion of learning through guidance and support.  We promote an implementation model that is collaborative to support and train all caregivers as teachers.

Parents as Teachers

  • Parents as Teachers is a home-school-community partnership that supports parents in their role as their child's first and most influential teachers. What began with four pilot site in 1981 was implemented statewide with the passage of the Early Childhood Development Act of 1984. This bill mandated that every school district provide parent education and screening services to families with children ages birth to five.


  • Marshfield R-I Schools offers a developmentally-appropriate education through which young children actively build their individual potential in a positive, nurturing, culturally diverse environment. Title I Preschool is a federally funded program providing services to children with developmental needs, ages 3 to 5 (non-kindergarten) years of age. Services are provided at no cost to eligible children. Eligibility is determined through a developmental screening process.

New Early Childhood Center Coming Soon!

  • Early Childhood Center


    Early Childhood Center

  • Melynda Van Note

    Melynda Van Note • Director of Special Services • melynda.vannote@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 9007

    Loriell Biggs

    Loriell Biggs • Parent Educator/Parents As Teachers • loriell.biggs@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 4704

    Amy Wolff

    Amy Wolff • Parent Educator/Parents As Teachers • amy.wolff@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 4705

    Stephanie Walker

    Stephanie Walker • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Process Coordinator/Itinerant Teacher • stephanie.walker@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 4706

    Mandy Hume

    Mandy Hume • Early Childhood Classroom Teacher • mandy.hume@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 4037

    Jamie Lentz

    Jamie Lentz • Early Childhood Special Education Speech/Language Pathologist • jamie.lentz@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 4706