Welcome to Early Childhood Special Education!

We have four ECSE classrooms within our district that provide services to PK-3 thru PK-5 year old students with special needs.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Amy Dapron, Process Coordinator for these four classrooms.

Mrs. Susan Nelson teaches at Maple Grove   Mrs. Heather Culbertson teaches at Maple Grove
Mrs. Neslon
 Ms. Priscilla Patague teaches at Ridge View   Ms. Joan Collins-Rigby teaches at Ridge View





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Warrensburg R-VI

Early Childhood

Special Education

Little Tigers Too!


Maple Grove Elementary School

950 Hamilton Street



Ridge View Elementary School

215 South Ridgeview Drive


Do we need to visit?

Do you have concerns about your child’s development? Are they reaching their childhood milestones like you thought they would? If you have concerns, give us a call.

Possible reasons for


Your child may:

-fall down a lot or trouble with stairs

-drool or have unclear speech

-can’t work simple toys

-doesn’t speak in sentences

-doesn’t understand and follow simple instructions

-doesn’t want to play with other children or toys

-doesn’t make eye contact

-loses skills he once had

-displays repetitive behaviors that interferes with daily skills


What are typical milestones?

Three year olds

-you should notice fewer tantrums

-shows a wide range of emotions

-follows 2 or 3 step directions

-says first name and age

-talks well enough for strangers to understand most of what is said

-plays make-believe

-does puzzles

-sorts objects by color, shape and size

-names primary colors

-runs & climbs well

-uses alternating feet when climbing up and down stairs

-asks and answers questions

-uses 3-4 word sentences

-has 250-500 words in vocabulary

-copies circle and square


Four year olds

-running is more controlled

-can easily catch and throw a ball

-prints some letters (name)

-cuts on a line independently

-4-5 word sentences

-understands number & space concepts (more, bigger, under, etc.)

-starting to develop critical thinking

-takes turns, shares, cooperates

-enjoys pretending, has a vivid imagination

-completes age appropriate puzzles

-remembers and retells stories

-understands “same” & “different”

-walks forward and backwards

-draws a person with 2-4 body parts

-builds a tower with 9+ blocks


What’s first?

First, give our process coordinator a call at 660-422-5770 extension 5501 to set up a visit.


What’s next?

At the first meeting, we will discuss your concerns and decide what areas, if any, need to be evaluated. Within 60 days we will review the testing results and determine if your child is eligible for ECSE services.


Your child is eligible for ECSE. What's available ?

Within 30 days of reviewing the evaluation information, we will develop an IEP based on the areas of eligibility.


What is ECSE?

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a free educational program for children that are 3-5 year olds to help assist with addressing developmental delays in one or more areas. Services are available in the areas of:

—Communication (speech and or language)

—Cognitive (pre-academics)

—Motor (fine and/or gross)


—Adaptive Behavior (self-help skills).

Services are set up based directly on each
child's area of eligibility. Services will be addressed through working with a speech therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and/or classroom teacher.

Shelbie Dalton
Director Special Services

Amy Dapron
Process Coordinator

Jennifer Owens
Maple Grove Speech/Language Pathologist

Megan McClanahan
RidgeView Speech/Language Pathologist

Joan Collins-Rigby
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
Ridge View Elementary

Priscilla Patague
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
Ridge View Elementary

Heather Anthes
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
Maple Grove Elementary

Susan Nelson
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
Maple Grove Elementary


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