EI is required to assist eligible families in the process of transitioning their 3-year-old from EI services and supports into a school setting and informing families about potential placement options for their children. The process usually begins with the family and service coordinator developing a plan together. The service coordinator will then schedule a meeting for the family to discuss details of public pre-school services with the local school. The child’s placement is ultimately the family’s decision and they are never required to accept.
A written Transition Plan should include goals and activities that will support families and a discussion about local placement options and what transition will mean to a particular family.
A written Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for transitioning should include the discussion of:
- Personal meaning of transition to family
- Available community placements for 3-year-olds
- Parent preference for placement
- Steps to help make a smooth transition
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