• First Steps is the Missouri special education program for young children, ages 0-3, who have been identified with a developmental delay or disability. These children are transitioned from First Steps to the Columbia Public Schools Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program well before their 3rd birthday (at least by age 2 yrs, 9 mos), so that evaluation can be completed and, if needed, the child can begin receiving ECSE special education services as soon as they turn 3 years old. 
     
     
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