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  1. WV Early Childhood Transition Resources Developed by: WV Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  2. Table of Contents Documents: • Transition Checklist • Side-by-Side Description of Agency Responsibilities • IFSP/IEP Comparison • Extended School Year Position Paper • Collaborative Strategies Document • Tasks, Tips, and Tools for Promoting Collaborative Community Teams West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  3. Table of Contents Brochures: • WV Early Childhood Transition Initiative Brochure • WV Early Childhood Family Leadership Brochure West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  4. Transition Checklist • Description: This is a set of four checklists which can be used by local agencies to track transition procedures and timelines in keeping with effective practice and/or legal requirements. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  5. Target Audience • Parents • WV Birth to Three • Early Head Start • Head Start • Public Schools • Even Start • Child Care Programs • Other Community Services/Programs West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  6. Utilization • Provide a step by step transition for individual children and families. • Increase the knowledge of families related to transition requirements of various agencies. • Assist agencies in documenting and monitoring transition services. • Provide professional development for veteran and new staff. • Use as a resource for Improvement Plans. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  7. Legal Side by Side Description: This 3 column chart lists legal requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C (for WV Birth to Three); IDEA, Part B (for schools), and Head Start Performance Standards. Requirements are organized according to 12 areas of collaboration: 1. Family involvement; 2. Child outreach/child find screening, referrals, and evaluations; 3. Service eligibility; 4. Individual program planning, e.g., Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) for children with disabilities ages Birth to 3 years and their families and Individualized Education Programs (IEP) for children with disabilities ages 3 through 5 years; 5. Primary and related services; West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  8. Legal Side by Side 6. Service delivery in settings which, to the maximum extent possible, are in natural settings typical for the age of the child and which serve children with disabilities along with children without disabilities; 7. Resource sharing which may include, but not be limited to, facilities, materials and equipment, collaborative services, screening, etc.; 8. Transition; 9. Confidentiality; 10. Records transfer; 11. Joint staff training; and 12. Sharing of child count information. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  9. Target Audience • Early Childhood Interagency Teams, e.g., Tadpole Teams, Family Resource Networks • Individual State, Regional, and Local Agencies • Parents West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  10. Utilization • Develop individual agency procedures and forms. • Gain an understanding of similarities and differences in the requirements. • Provide professional development for veteran and new staff. • Use as a resource for Improvement Plans. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  11. IEP/IFSP Description:This provides a side-by-side comparison of: 1. Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) which are required by WV Birth to Three and optional (with parent permission) for public school special education for children with disabilities ages three through five and 2. Individualized Education Programs (IEP) which are required for children who are provided public school special education and related services. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  12. Parents Parent Educator Resource Centers Local Administrators WV Birth to Three Childcare Programs Even Start Starting Points Centers Early Head Start Head Start Public Schools Other Agencies, Programs and Resources Target Audience West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  13. Utilization • Explain the similarities and differences between the IFSP and IEP documents to parents and agency staff. • Provide professional development for veteran and new staff. • Use as a resource for Improvement Plans. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  14. Extended School Year (ESY) • Description: This paper was developed by the WV Department of Education with WV Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee input. It describes options for addressing Extended School Year (ESY) summer services issues for young children who are provided special education and related services by the public schools, including services to children exiting WV Birth to Three services and entering public school preschool special education programs/services. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  15. Parents Parent Educator Resource Centers Local Administrators WV Birth to Three Childcare Programs Even Start Starting Points Centers Early Head Start Head Start Public Schools Other Agencies, Programs and Resources Target Audience West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  16. Utilization • Increase awareness of requirements and options for Extended School Year Services. • Provide professional development for veteran and new staff. • Use as a resource for Improvement Plans. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  17. Collaboration StrategiesDocument Description: This provides recommended practices for implementing legal requirements listed in the Side - By – Side Description under IDEA, Part C, IDEA, Part B, and Head Start Performance Standards. This document addresses the 12 areas of collaboration contained in the Side - By - Side. It provides ideas for collaboration among WV Birth to Three, Early Head Start, Head Start, Child Care Programs, Other Agencies and Parents. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  18. Target Audience • Early Childhood Interagency Teams, e.g., Tadpole Teams, Family Resource Networks • Individual State, Regional, and Local Agencies • Parents West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  19. Utilization • Increase knowledge of collaborative options for addressing legal requirements. • Increase the quality and comprehensiveness of services. • Provide an awareness of transition resources and how to access them. • Provide professional development for veteran and new staff. • Use as a resource for Improvement Plans. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  20. Task, Tips and Tools Description:This resource identifies: • Tasks for starting and sustaining collaborative teams; • Tips for doing this effectively; and • Tools for carrying out these tasks and tips such as: sample forms and letters; formats for agendas, ground rules, and minutes; and step-by-step instructions for activities such as assessing the current community context, visioning, priority setting, action planning. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  21. Target Audience • Early Childhood Interagency Teams, e.g., Tadpole Teams, Starting Points • Individual State, Regional, and Local Agencies • Parents West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  22. Utilization • Help teams get started. • Improve existing teams. • Provide professional development for veteran and new staff. • Use as a resource for Improvement Plans. • To download this document to adapt to your needs, go to website at: www.nectas.unc.edu • Click on Keys to Inclusion page • Then on Collaborative Activities • Then on National Products • Then on to the Collaborative • Planning Project West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  23. Brochures West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  24. WV Early Childhood Transition Initiative Brochure Description: This provides information on resources to help agencies support young children ages birth to five years and their families transitioning from one program or service to another. Resources include agencies that provide training and technical assistance, training events, materials, and state and local teams that promote smooth transitions. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  25. Target Audience • Parents • WV Birth to Three • Early Head Start • Head Start • Public Schools • Even Start • Child Care Programs • Starting Points Centers • Other Community Services West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  26. Utilization • Provide an awareness of transition resources and how to access them. • Provide professional development for veteran and new staff. • Use as a resource for Improvement Plans. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  27. Family LeadershipBrochure • Description: This describes a variety of supports for families of young children including publications, training opportunities, resource libraries, state and local advisory councils and agencies. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  28. Parents Parent Educator Resource Centers Local Administrators WV Birth to Three Childcare Programs Even Start Starting Points Centers Early Head Start Head Start Public Schools Other Agencies, Programs and Resources Target Audience West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  29. Utilization • Inform families of supports available to them. • Provide professional development for veteran and new staff. • Use as a resource for Improvement Plans. West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

  30. Linda Bond, Marion Co. Schools Kay Carpenter, Webster Co. Schools Annette Carey, WV Deafblind Project Kathy Hamrick, WV Head Start DSQIC Bill Huebner, Head Start State Collaboration Project, Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families Ginger Huffman, WVDE, OSE Cathy Jones, River Valley Child Development Services Kathy Knighton, WVDE, OSE Sue Miles, WVU Cooperative Extension Kay Nesselrotte, North Central Head Start Linda Novak, WVU Parkersburg Joann Richards, RESA VIII Pam Roush, WV Birth to Three Jim Smiley, RESA VII Donna Taylor, Child and Family Development Head Start James Thompson, WVDE, Title I Kay Tilton, Office of Social Services, Child Care Division WV Early Childhood Steering Committee West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Steering Committee

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