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The Quest for Inclusion...
History of National Special Quest:
The Special Quest training initiative began with a collaboration between the Conrad Hilton Foundation and the office of Head Start in 10998. The mission was fr early intervention, Early Head Start and child care to develop skills and strategies for accessing and using services, resources and technology to include infants and toddlers with significant disabilities and their families in Early Head Start settings though a team-based approach.
History of Missouri Special Quest:
In February of 2008, Missouri was selected to be a Special Quest Birth-Five Leadership State. The initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start: Grant #90-YC-0190. The team has developed plans and strategies to increase inclusive opportunities for children with special needs from birth to fice in early care settings.
What is our vision?
To build inclusive communities where all young children in Missouri are safe, healthy, and capable of reaching their full potential.
What are our core values?
Belonging- Every human being has the right to be part of the ebb and flow of community life, regardless of his or her unique needs and gifts.
Family Leadership- Family involvement is essential. Developing family leadership is crucial to successful delivery of quality services.
Collaboration and Teaming- Different disciplines working together will benefit families and communities.
Lifelong Learning and Continuous Improvements- Issues can be solved, challenges met, barriers can be overcome when those involved in inclusive efforts continue to learn from their experiences and consciously pursue opportunities for ongoing growth.
You can support inclusion by embedding the SpecialQuest approach, materials, and resources into professional development and services systems. You can access these resources for free at: www.specialquest.org
Missouri Special Quest State Leadership Team Members:
Missouri Head Start State Collaboration Office
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Missouri Department of Mental Health
Missouri Department of Social Services
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Moberly Area Community College
Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral network
Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center
Missouri Head Start Association
Head Start Training and Technical Assistance
Missouri parents and families
National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center
University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development
Missouri Special Quest Community Graduates (Children's Therapy Center and Missouri Valley Community Action)