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Kids grow fast, don’t they? And early intervention is designed for children from birth up to age three.  At that point, services under EI end. If the child will need continued support once he or she moves on to preschool, it’s very important to plan ahead so that the transition is smooth.  The resources below will help you do just that.


Video: Foundations of Transition for Young Children.
This 8-minute video from Project CONNECT gives an overview of the desirable outcomes of transition, research identifying effective transition practices, as well as the legal requirements of early childhood transition.

Transition from early intervention services (IFSP) to preschool services (IEP).
From PEAK Parent Center.

Out of EI and into preschool: What’s it all about?
Here’s a decent explanation, including why it’s important to plan for this transition; the benefits to children, families, and teachers of such planning; and the chief differences between the EI system and preschool service system in terms of child find, referral, evaluation, eligibility, family involvement, the type of plan that’s written and the services that are delivered.

Who’s in charge of preschool services, and what are they doing?
Find out in this annual publication of the ECTA Center, which contains information on state policies, programs, and practices under the Preschool Grants Program (Section 619 of Part B) of IDEA.
Photo of a young Asian preschooler, holding hands in a line of children heading into preschool.
What do IDEA’s regulations say about transition planning?
When, by whom, what, where, steps, writing the IEP… IDEA has a lot to say! And its regulations provide guidance to how every state implements Part C and how planning must occur when children transition out of early intervention.

Training modules on transition.
IDEA’s Part C regulations were substantially revised in 2011. Need training materials to let people know what’s new and different, what’s the same, and what’s involved in planning for transition? Try CPIR’s Modules 8 and 9, which include slideshows, trainer guides, and handouts for participants.

Module 8The Transition Process and Lead Agency Notification to the LEA and SEA

Module 9 | The Development of the Transition Plan

Be sure to see what’s available at ECTA.

Have you visited the center that looked only at what makes for effective transitions?
The National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) was funded to investigate and validate practices and strategies that enhance the early childhood transition process and support positive school outcomes for children with disabilities. Search NECTC’s transition literature database.

From the Department of Defense Education Activity.

Special education services for preschoolers with disabilities.
This page discusses what services are available for preschoolers who are experiencing developmental delays. Learn more about where families, childcare providers, and educators find help and support.

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