January 2017 - Issue 1
Empowering Families. 

 Enhancing Opportunities
Missouri Parents Act (MPACT) is Missouri's Parent Training and Information Center, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and the State of Missouri. Our mission is to empower families to advocate for themselves so that children with special educational needs can reach their full potential in education and life - through support, training, and education.



MPACT is looking for MENTOR's!

Our mentorship program has been designed so that we can support more families during their IEP process. Our mentorship program comes complete with a Bootcamp Training, Skills to Succeed and constant continued support. 

Being a Mentor allows you to touch the lives of so many unique individuals and families. Sign up today to support your local community!

Become a mentor today!

Contact us at info@missouriparentsact.org for more information. 

TEEN CONNECTION

Enroll Today: Teen Connections

Teen Connections is an extra-curricular program through Saint Louis University OT department   Youths meet for several weeks, engaging in various social activities together, to foster social skills.   The teens meet for two hour  weekly for 6 weeks.  The program is targeted to high functioning kids on the Autism Spectrum.

This program  costs $330.  SLU  will be happy to create a payment plan in writing as long as payment is completed by the final session. Please note that the program tuition is constant (not per session), so if sessions are missed, the charge is the same.  They also accept vouchers with a signed statement that the parent is responsible if the state/agency does not pay. 
OZARK ACTION HEAD START
Ozark Action Head Start
(Picture of Ozark Action Management staff. Back Row, left:  Karleen Carson, Staff Development Coordinator;  Angie Kinder, Special Services Coordinator;  Holly Tucker, Education Coordinator.  Middle Row, left:
Claudia Ryan, Family Services Coordinator;
Lana Stuart, Administrative Assistant;
Virginia Berry,  Food Service Administrative Assistant.  Front row:  Kathleen Simonson, Head Start Director
"Ozark Action Head Start serves 6 counties in Missouri.  Those counties include Wright, Texas, Douglas, Ozark, Howell, and Oregon county.  
A total of 505 children ages 3 to 5 years old are served in our program.
 
We are an all-inclusive agency with a belief that ALL children, regardless of disability deserve a high quality education.  We are constantly seeking training opportunities for our staff to increase our knowledge and skills to better serve the children in our program- this includes training on identifying disabilities, developing inclusive classrooms, keeping up with the latest research and strategies, and finding ways to support children in the classroom so they may reach their full potential.   We know the importance of fostering an awareness of disabilities and helping establish early intervention when needed. 

We share the Head Start Center for Inclusion's goal in striving to increase the competence, confidence, and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities. We also aim to provide opportunities for our families to learn more about disabilities, and work to provide support and guidance to families when they begin navigating through the world of disabilities. We know that parents are the best advocates for their children, and our compassionate staff are dedicated to helping equip them with the skills and confidence they need to ensure their child receives the education they deserve even after they leave Head Start.  

We truly believe that by staff and families working together, and with the efforts of groups like MPACT, every child can succeed." 
UPCOMING TRAININGS
SAINT LOUIS AREA:

Bullying Prevention 
January 23 @ 10:00 am   
DDR Office

Family Record Keeping 
February 14 @ 9:30am 
Knights of Columbus Developmental Center

Understanding the Evaluation Process
February 16 @ 6:30
Special School District of St. Louis County - Central Office  Room 57

Francis Howell School District Resource Fair Will Present Solving the Employment Puzzle
February 25th @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Francis Howell High School 

Effectively Communicating Your Child's Needs
February 21 @ 9:30am 
Knights of Columbus Developmental Center

KANSAS CITY AREA:

Bullying Prevention 
January 30 @ 11:00 am
Kansas City Public Library - Central Library

Positive Behavior Interventions Training 
February 17 @ 11:30 am 
Kansas City Public Library - Central Library

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI:

February 8 @ 10:00 am 

  Art of Effective Advocacy
February 14 @ 1:00 pm 

  Art of Effective Advocacy
February 23 @ 1:30 pm 
Whole Kids Outreach62143 Highway 21 
Ellington, MO 63638 

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI: