Step 4: Transition Planning
If your child is still involved in the Early Intervention (EI) program as they approach their third birthday, you will begin planning steps for their transition out of the EI program. This process can begin as soon as your child turns two-years and three-months old. At this time, your service coordinator will schedule an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting during which time you and members of your IFSP team will develop a transition plan as part of your child’s IFSP. The transition plan will document the steps and services to support a smooth transition when your child reaches the age of three. The transition plan must be completed by the time your child reaches two-years and nine-months of age.
If your child has not met all (IFSP) outcomes and is demonstrating a developmental delay, he or she is considered potentially eligible for preschool special education services and his or her information will be shared with your local school district unless you have chosen to opt out of this notification. Your service coordinator will discuss other options for your child if you choose to not pursue preschool special education services. Other options may include private therapy sessions, other community or faith based preschools, Head Start, or other programs in your community that will support the ongoing development of your child.
If your child is eligible for preschool special education services, a representative from the school district will be required to participate in a transition conference. You may invite anyone you wish to attend such as your child care provider(s), relative(s), or other professionals working with your child and family. This conference must occur by the time your child reaches two-years and nine-months of age.