Transition from Early Intervention Services to the School Setting
When your child has been receiving Birth to Three Early Intervention services through Child and Family Connections and is getting ready to turn 3, there are several steps that CFC and the school district go through in order to prepare for your child to start receiving services through the school. At least 90 days before your child turns 3, you will have a transition meeting with the CFC coordinator and a member of the school district to talk about what the process will look like. When it gets closer to the child’s 3rd birthday, the school will get in contact with you to hold a domains meeting. At this meeting the team (which includes the parents) will discuss all areas of your child’s development and determine what information is needed in order to get a clear picture of your child and the supports he/she may need. It will be determined which areas of development need to be evaluated and what those evaluations will look like. At some point after that meeting, the evaluation will take place. When the evaluation is complete, an eligibility meeting will be scheduled to go over the results of the evaluation and determine what services your child is eligible for receiving. If your child is eligible, the team will then create an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), which is similar to an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), which you had in Early Intervention. The IEP will describe your child’s present level of performance, educational accommodations that will be put into place for their new setting, how they will take assessments, goals and objectives for the next year, how many minutes per month they will receive services, and determine placement as they start preschool. Any special education services your child is eligible for must be put in place by the child’s 3rd birthday so this entire process will be completed by the time your child turns 3. As the parent, you are a part of the team and your input is important in every step of this process.
Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten
When your child has been receiving services through an Individualized Education Plan in preschool and is getting ready to go to kindergarten, the school will hold a transition meeting in the spring in preparation for the next school year. This meeting is similar to an annual review meeting but geared toward what will be put in place in the kindergarten setting. At this meeting the team will discuss your child’s present level of performance, educational accommodations, how they will take assessments, goals and objectives, monthly minutes for services, and determine placement for their kindergarten school year. As the parent, you are a part of the team and your input is important in making these determinations.