Early Intervention / Development


Childgarden Child Development Center provides child care, early intervention, and education to children of all abilities and their families by embracing diversity, building relationships, and having fun while learning.

4150 Laclede Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 531-8148


Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments

The Delta Gamma Center offers comprehensive early intervention services to children who are blind or visually impaired and their families, including education, orientation and mobility services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and support services.

1750 S. Big Bend Boulevard
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
Phone: (314) 776-1300
Fax: (314) 776-7808


First Steps

First Steps is Missouri’s early intervention system for infants and toddlers from birth to age 3 years who have delayed development or developmental disabilities.

Main Phone: 1-866-583-2392

St. Louis Office
1215 Fern Ridge Parkway, #101
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (314) 453-9203

Office of Special Education
205 Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
Phone: (573) 522-8762
Fax: (573) 526-4404
E-mail: webreplyspefs@dese.mo.gov

General information brochure (English): http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/se-fs-firststepsgeneralbrochuresept2011.pdf
General information brochure (Spanish): http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/se-fs-firststepsgeneralinformbrochurespanish2011.pdf
Website: http://dese.mo.gov/special-education/first-steps

Missouri Head Start Association

The Missouri Head Start Association is a state branch of a national child development program whose Head Start and Early Head Start services promote the academic, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5 years and provide social, health, and nutrition services for income-eligible families.

YWCA Head Start Central Office
1911 Beltway Drive
St. Louis, MO 63114
Phone: (314) 427-4940
After Hours Phone: (314) 427-4765, ext. 402

Tina Bernskoetter, Executive Director
Missouri Head Start Association
P.O. Box 817
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 884-5078
Fax: (573) 884-0598
Email: tina@moheadstart.org

East MO Action Agency: Renee Killian, phone: (573) 454-2200, email: rkillian@eastmoaa.org
Grace Hill Settlement House: Johanna Wharton, phone: (314) 539-9500, email: jwharton@gracehillsettlement.org
Urban League Head Start: Hazel Mallory, phone: (314) 867-9100, email: hmallory@urbanleague-stl.org
Youth In Need–County: Keri Young, phone: (636) 946-5600, email: kyoung@youthinneed.org
Youth In Need–City: Melissa Chambers, phone: (314) 353-6906, email: mchambers@youthinneed.org
YWCA of Metro St. Louis: Stacy Johnson, phone: (314) 531-1115, email: johnson@headstart.ywcastlouis.org

Find a Head Start center in the St. Louis Metro area: http://www.ywcastlouis.org/site/c.elKSIbOWIkJ8H/b.8644693/k.4D35/Find_a_Head_Start_Center.htm
Missouri Head Start Association: www.moheadstart.org
National Head Start Association: http://www.nhsa.org/

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers provides parents with support and child development education through home visits and group meetings in order to help young children grow up healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.
2228 Ball Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
Phone: (314) 432-4330 or 1-866-728-4968