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Steps for Transition from the Infant-Toddler Program to Preschool Program Services

From age two to three, there are important times when meetings should happen so your child’s early intervention services and supports are not disrupted.

Step 1 | Transition Planning

Around your child’s second birthday, you and your early intervention service coordinator (EISC) will begin working on a transition plan.

Through the transition planning process, you and your EISC will develop ways to make sure that your child’s needs are being met and that the transition will be successful.

 Referring Your Child to the Local Education Agency (LEA):

Children in the Infant-Toddler Program may be referred to the LEA for Preschool Program services nine months before their third birthday for evaluations needed to determine eligibility for the Preschool Program.

Step 2 | Transition Planning Conference

As early as nine months before your child’s third birthday, but no later than three months (90 days) before your child’s third birthday, a transition planning conference will be held with you, your EISC, current service providers and others who may be working with your child and family after your child turns three.

If your child is potentially eligible for Preschool Program services, a representative from the LEA will be invited to the conference, with your permission.

Step 3 | Gathering Information / Evaluation Process

Evaluation information that is already available must be current and relevant to be used by the IEP team for decision making. Any information you can provide regarding your child’s medical, educational, or social history may be helpful. If you agree, you will need to sign release of information forms so these records can be sent to your LEA.

Any needed evaluations for your child will be completed by a multi-disciplinary team.

A variety of assessment tools, strategies, and techniques are required to gather information to establish your child’s eligibility. If your child is eligible, the information will help in writing the IEP.

After the evaluations have been completed, a written report will be given to you. This report will include the evaluation results and recommendations, which should be explained to you in a way that you will understand.

Step 4 | Meeting with the IEP Team (Preschool Program) to Determine Eligibility

Evaluation information that is already available must be current and relevant to be used by the Individual Education Program (IEP) team for decision making. Any information you can provide regarding your child’s medical, educational, or social history may be helpful. If you agree, you will need to sign release of information forms so these records can be sent to your LEA.

Any needed evaluations for your child will be completed by a multi-disciplinary team.

A variety of assessment tools, strategies, and techniques are required to gather information to establish your child’s eligibility. If your child is eligible, the information will help in writing the IEP.

After the evaluations have been completed, a written report will be given to you. This report will include the evaluation results and recommendations, which should be explained to you in a way that you will understand.

Steps for Transition from the Preschool Program Services to Kindergarten

When your child moves from Early Childhood Special Education services into kindergarten in an elementary school, it can be both exciting and challenging. Kindergarten is a big step in any child’s life. For a child with disabilities, being ready for that step often requires some intentional preparation. By working with your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, you can plan for your child’s success and make that first elementary school experience a good one. You can also help your child be prepared for kindergarten by following these tips.

Initial Steps

Gather records and complete the forms needed to enroll your child in kindergarten at the new school. Find out what immunizations your child will need to have before school begins.

Ask your child’s preschool Individualized Education Program (IEP) case manager how to find the information you will need to enroll your child in kindergarten. Each school district does things a little differently, so it is important to have the right information for your family. A person at the Student Placement Center for your school district can explain how the enrollment process works. This person will tell you about important school choice activities and will let you know what the deadlines are for making your choices.

Additional Steps

  1. Meet with the IEP team to decide which school and classroom your child will attend in the fall.
  2.  Talk with the preschool teacher about ways to prepare your child for the transition to kindergarten.
  3.  If English is not your first language, ask the preschool or district staff for help. They can find a person at the new school who can help you understand the information.
  4. Visit the new school. Attend Kindergarten Roundup.
  5.  Ask for a student handbook, school calendar, and newsletter to help you become familiar with the school. Check for school community events that 
  6. you may be able to attend with your child, such as a school carnival.
  7.  Meet the principal and introduce your child. Ask about what other support staff are available at the school to help you and your child.

IEP Process

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