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Effective Early Childhood Transitions
A Guide for Transition at Age Three —
Early Start to Preschool

Effective Early Childhood Transitions cover art The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the California Department of Education (CDE) share responsibility for ensuring that the process for transition from Early Start to local educational agency (LEA) services at age three adheres to regulatory requirements, is a seamless process for children and
their families, and is accomplished in a timely manner. DDS and CDE produced this training and technical assistance guide following an intensive collaborative process.

Effective Early Childhood Transitions: A Guide for Transition at Age Three — Early Start to Preschool (PDF PDF; 1.7MB; 46pp.) is intended for the Early Start community that includes regional center and LEA service coordinators, service providers, family resource centers (FRCs), and receiving LEA providers. Service providers may include LEA infant programs and specialists, Early Head Start and Head Start programs, vendored infant development programs and individual providers, and community-based public and private preschool programs.

The guide identifies both required elements for transition and recommended practices to support families and their children as they successfully navigate transition from Early Start to other services at age three. The guide is organized by transition activities that occur from initial intake until a child and family leave Early Start services at age three. Additional resources, including references and tools for professionals involved in the transition process, are provided in the Resources section at the end of this document.

Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) addresses early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, birth to age three, and their families. IDEA Part B addresses special education and related services for children and young adults ages three to twenty-two. Throughout the document, Part C responsibilities and activities are identified as “Early Start.” Part B responsibilities and activities are identified as “LEA.” Activities that are required by federal or state laws and/or regulations are noted with legal citations and reflect updated federal Part C regulations.

(California Department of Developmental Services, Early Start Section and California Department of Education, Special Education Division. Effective Early Childhood Transitions: A Guide for Transition at Age Three — Early Start to Preschool. Sacramento: WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention, 2013.)

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