May 2023

St. Louis Region 13 Community Leader Approach

Helping area families ensure their children are safe, healthy, and ready to learn!

Ready Communities

Do you attend meetings or have conversations that discuss needs and solutions for our children under 5 and their families?

Do you participate in meetings or conversations that discuss how to help children, families, communities, or schools be ready for kindergarten?

Then we need to hear from you!

Take this short SURVEY to share about your meeting!

Rather chat in real life? Contact Elisa Zieg at 314-531-1412 ext. 119

Ready Families

Home visiting is a prevention strategy used to support pregnant moms and new parents to promote infant and child health, foster educational development and school readiness, and help prevent child abuse and neglect. High-quality home visiting programs offer vital support to parents as they navigate raising babies and young children.

Are you or someone you know interested in home visiting? Good Shepherd St. Louis offers home visiting in our community. To learn more or access services contact 314-560-6703 or check out the parenting support site.


Missouri Parent's Act is a federally funded parent training center. Their mission is to empower families to advocate for themselves so that children with special education needs can reach their full potential in education and life – through support, training, and education.

Throughout May you can learn about supporting children through the special education process!

Register for one or more of the events HERE.

Ready Schools

In Summer 2022 Turn the Page STL director, Lisa Greening, brought together numerous pubic and private schools, organizations, and community members to discuss and find solutions to help our young children successfully transition to kindergarten.

The conversation and learnings, captured by University of Missouri St. Louis, can be found in the Kindergarten Readiness Work Team Report.

The key recommendation from the report, is to create a state wide pre-k to kindergarten transition policy staffed by state and local transition specialists.

Currently the St. Louis region Community Leader team is meeting with each school district to find out about current transition policies and strategies. Our findings will be reported in an upcoming newsletter.

Upcoming Activities

May 1

MPACT Training- Positive Behavior Interventions

May 8

MPACT Training- Dispute Resolution

May 9

St. Louis Pre K Cooperative Partner Celebration

May 15

MPACT Training- Special Education Mediation

May 16

Safe Sleep Champion Training with Infant Loss Resources

May 17

Poverty Simulator from 8am-12pm with Healthy Blue MO at the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Heritage Center. For details and to RSVP contact Natalie- [email protected]

May 22

MPACT Training- The Art of Effective Advocacy

May 31

Generate Health True Color Training


Missouri Supporting Early Childhood Educators Training- throughout May


Early Connections

Join the Office of Childhood Email List

Nominate an Educator