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.

Early Childhood Center



    Early Childhood Center

Site Overview for Families

  • The Marshfield R-I Schools Special Education Department is committed to partnering with families in all steps of the special education process.  This process is heavily laden in law, policy and procedures, which can be overwhelming for families.  This site was developed to provide information and resources we hope families find helpful in navigating their own special education journey.  One particular resource is included below.  This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of special education in the State of Missouri.

Contact Us:

  • Marshfield R-I Schools 
    Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

    Stephanie Walker

    Stephanie Walker
    Director of Early Learning Center

    Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Process Coordinator

    417-859-2120 Ext. 4519

    Loriell Biggs

    Loriell Biggs
    Parent Educator/Parents As Tea

    417-859-2120 Ext. 4704

    Amy Wolff

    Amy Wolff
    Parent Educator/Parents As Teachers
    417-859-2120 Ext. 4705

    Mandy Hume

    Mandy Hume
    Early Childhood Classroom Teacher
    417-859-2120 Ext. 4037

    Jamie Lentz

    Jamie Lentz
    Early Childhood Special Education Speech/Language Pathologist
    417-859-2120 Ext. 4706