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The news comes as the organization announced Thursday that it will close its Dardenne Prairie location after the 2014-2015 school year. United Services currently provides early childhood special education and therapy services for Fort Zumwalt School District at its Dardenne Prairie location, and next year the school district will pilot its own early childhood special education program. The Dardenne Prairie location also provides preschool services to the Dardenne Prairie community. United Services will continue to provide services at its St. Peters location (4140 Old Mill Parkway, St. Peters, MO 63376).
"Our goal and mission will always be to continue to find ways to serve children of all abilities and support them as they reach their full potential," said Denise Liebel, president and CEO for United Services for Children. As school districts prepare to take on early childhood special education and the community continues to expand its early childhood programs, United Services is exploring other ways to meet the community's needs, she said. Beginning this fall, the organization will be conducting stakeholder focus groups to discuss a possible children's museum and other ways the organization could best serve the community.
If the organization decides to proceed with the museum, United Services staff would use the facility to provide early childhood learning opportunities and pediatric therapy services in an inclusive environment, Liebel said. While this type of multipurpose children's museum is not a new idea, it is something that would be new to the St. Louis area.
"Is this an option for us and something our community would support? Those are the questions we are asking today, and we hope to have a plan in place by the end of the year," she said. "This agency is filled with incredibly brilliant people who are going to come up with amazing ideas."
See United Services for Children's full announcement.