Early Childhood Academy

Early Childhood Services

The first three years of a child’s life can have a decisive, long-lasting impact. Easterseals Midwest’s Early Childhood Services create nurturing environments that educate and include children of all abilities. Our goal is to partner with families and communities to promote a bright future for each child — as a team, we work together to develop a custom plan to meet your family’s needs.

To learn more about our programs at Easterseals Midwest,
please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org

Early Childhood Academy*

Our Early Childhood Academy is a unique, hybrid program specifically designed to teach children with autism, ages 18 months to five years old, to interact with their peers and learn in a group setting. The Academy staff members also support parents through in-home visits that promote their child’s progress.
*Early Childhood Academy is currently available in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri.


SEALS is a special intensive ABA therapy program for children with autism. This is an ongoing program that prepares children, ages three to six years old, to learn in a group setting and teaches them how to interact with their peers. SEALS is only offered in Columbia, Missouri.

Home Visiting

Home Visiting Services offer a range of resources for families, including certified parent educators who visit homes to provide additional support. Home Visiting Services also include developmental screenings for children, service recommendations, and free support for families with young children with and without disabilities, from birth to 36 months old. Families also have the opportunity to meet other families and children through playgroups and events.

Therapies and Assessments

Easterseals provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), occupational, music, and speech therapies. Early intervention therapists work with families to assist each child’s development and offer education and support for parents. Families choose the setting that works best: home, our Early Childhood Center, or a mutually agreed upon location.

Autism Services

ONE in 54 children have an autism diagnosis.

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that affects communication, social behavior, and development. Autism affects 1 in 54 children in the United States, but with early diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral techniques, children with autism can live full, rewarding lives in the community. At Easterseals, we customize our services to meet each individual’s and family’s need for support.

What regions offer Early Childhood Services and Autism Services?

We have programs throughout the regions we serve that offer support for families impacted by autism. These programs are available in the following regions:

Eastern Missouri
Northwest Missouri
Southeast Missouri
Central Missouri
Southwest Missouri

Please note that not all autism programs are available at each location. Please contact your regional office for a complete list of services offered in your region. For a full list of our offices, please visit our Locations page.

Our Early Childhood Center service is only available at our Kansas City location. Our Early Childhood Academy is available in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri.

To learn more about our programs at Easterseals Midwest,
please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

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