Missouri Early Childhood State Advisory Council (State Interagency Coordinating Council)

205 Jefferson Street
P. O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Phone: (573)-522-8762
Fax: (573)-526-8000

Email: judy.goans@dese.mo.gov
Website: https://earlyconnections.mo.gov/get-connected/early-childhood-state-advisory-council

Director: Pam Thomas - Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Childhood

Details on Board or Commission

Authority: RSMo 160-905

Authority 2: Executive Order 22-01

Department: Elementary and Secondary Education

Mission: To advise and assist the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in serving infants and toddlers birth to age three, and preschoolers age three to kindergarten entry, including children who have developmental delays and disabilities, in providing an appropriate family-centered, comprehensive service delivery system which promotes optimal child development and family functioning.


SubCommittees: Executive Committee; appointed subcommittees or task forces to assist in the development and implementation of early intervention services or to carry out the work of the Council

Details on Meetings

Number of meetings: 4 (quarterly)

Location of meetings: Jefferson City

Duration of meetings: 3 hours each

Preparation time for meetings: 2 hours each

Total time commitment: 3 hours each

Details on Members

Total members: 19

Appointed members: 19

Term length: None stated in Statute. Council Bylaws state: Members of the Council are appointed by the Governor and shall serve for a term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

Compensation: Members receive reimbursement for realized and necessary expenses.

Member Requirements: Members of the Advisory Council shall serve voluntarily. Members of the Advisory Council shall not receive compensation for performance of their duties, but may be reimbursed for necessary expenses associated with performance of their duties, subject to the availability of funds. Officers or employees of state agencies who are appointed to the Advisory Council as part of their duties shall be authorized to participate on the Advisory Council and may claim subsistence, allowance, mileage, or associated expenses from their respective agency budgets as permitted by law.

Political Requirements: no

Geographic Requirements: no

Senate Consent Required: No


Ms. Pam Thomas
representative from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Ms. Teri L. Armistead
representative from the Missouri Department of Social Services

Ms. Melody A. Boling
representative from the Missouri Department of Mental Health
Jefferson City

Ms. Amy Liston
representative from the Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance

Vacant Slot
member from the Missouri General Assembly

Ms. Kathy Fuger
individual involved in personnel preparation
Term begins: Jul 31, 2002

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representative of a local educational agency in Missouri

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representative of an institution of higher education in Missouri

Ms. Stacey Owsley Wright
State Director of Missouri Head Start

Ms. Pamela M. Clark
early care and education provider
Term begins: Feb 15, 2022

Ms. Misty J. Dothage
representative designated by Office of the Coordination of Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Ms. Clara Wilson
First Steps providers 1
Term begins: Mar 22, 2022

Ms. Sara Walraven
First Steps providers 2
Term begins: Mar 22, 2022

Dr. Tracy Stroud
First Steps providers 3
Term begins: Nov 19, 2013

Ms. Laura Farley
First Steps providers 4
St. Louis
Term begins: Nov 21, 2023

Vacant Slot
Parent Member 1

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Parent Member 2

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Parent Member 3

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Parent Member 4