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Our Purpose

The purpose of the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency Early Childhood Special Educators, within the Early Childhood Services Department, is to deliver and coordinate quality services to infants, young children, their families and community providers. This will be done through a continuum of solution focused interventions that support the full potential of children and empowers families in an environment that nurtures mutual respect, creativity and personal growth through collaborative relationships.

Early Childhood Special Education Services

The Early Childhood Special Education Department provides a variety of services to families with children from birth to school age in cooperation with local school districts.

If there is a concern about a child's hearing, speech, vision, development, behavior, physical movement or there is a known medical diagnosis that affects a child's learning, parents or professionals should call the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency.

A referral for assistance or information can be made by calling our offices. In Scott County, call the Early Childhood Center at (563) 344-6271 or 1-800-947-2329; in Clinton and Jackson Counties call (563) 242-6454; in Muscatine, eastern Cedar, and northern Louisa Counties call (319) 263-8476. There is no charge for our services.

Resource Libraries: (Bettendorf) (Clinton) (Muscatine)

What can you expect if you make a referral to the AEA's Early Childhood Services?

A secretary will take some basic information from you to better direct your call. Depending on your primary concern, a developmental screening or a hearing screening will be scheduled for your child. Based on the results of the screening, a variety of services may be considered by you and our team, which may include:

  • Educational evaluation and intervention planning
  • Speech language evaluation and therapy
  • Audiological services
  • Occupational or physical therapy services
  • Behavior management assistance
  • Home teaching program
  • Toddler language and play groups
  • District classroom program
  • Parent support and education
  • Preschool consultation

A plan will be developed if your child needs help that we may be able to provide. Our staff will coordinate services with other agencies that may be working with your child or will assist you in locating community services.

Mary Shihadeh
Early Childhood Coordinator
Phone: 563-344-6265

Bettendorf Service Center
729 - 21st Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 359-1371

2001 Manufacturing Court
Clinton, IA 52732
Phone: (563) 242-6454
(563) 242-6468

Muscatine Service Center
1422 Houser Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
(563) 263-8476


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