New Service Model for St. Mary’s Special Services in South County

June 5, 2018
For more information contact: 
Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Communications
Phone: 314.792.7635

ST. LOUIS – The Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Special Services for Exceptional Children, in consultation with the Office of Catholic Education and Formation for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, has made the strategic decision to expand, into our South County schools, the service provider model first implemented in six of our North County schools during the 2017-18 school year, which more than tripled the number of children served who have special needs.The Board of St. Mary’s Special Services approved a transition from a site-based operation in South County to a service-provider model in Catholic preschools and elementary schools throughout South County. As a result, the St. Mary’s Preschool South facility will close August 31, 2018.The plan for the 2018-19 school year is to provide personnel support for an inclusionary education site in several Catholic preschools and elementary schools in the South County area. This support could include direct services to students and/or consultative support to teachers, administration, and families. In addition, attention could be given to help children and parents transition into the early elementary grades. Considerations for identifying these sites include the ability to serve the most students in need, existing students with special needs in Catholic schools, and the availability of space within a school to accommodate services.St. Mary’s Special Services is a ministry of the Department of Special Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and is governed by a Board of Specified Jurisdiction. The agency was founded in the 1950s to provide residential and educational services to the mentally challenged and changed its focus to providing early childhood intervention in 1990.#CatholicSTL

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