ERIC Number: ED407057
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Initiative: Operation Tadpole. 1995 Report.
West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston. Office of Special Education Programs and Assurances.
The West Virginia Early Childhood Transition Initiative is an interagency systems change effort started in 1993 to develop a seamless system of service for children, ages birth to 5 years. The initiative's training and technical assistance component is known as Operation Tadpole. A state level steering committee coordinates the initiative on an interagency basis. The intended impact of the initiative is to have maximum positive child outcomes through effective early childhood programs that are compatible as the child moves from one to another; positive ongoing relationships among families and professionals; and an effective transition process for children, families, and involved agencies. Interactive training was held in 1994 and 1995 for county and community teams to help them identify strategies that would work in their communities. The process, outcomes, and impact of the transition initiative is being monitored through a multi-year evaluation plan based on the Concerns-Based Adoption Model. Operation Tadpole has had the following outcomes thus far: (1) development of interagency agreements reflecting awareness of need for collaboration; (2) increased use of transition activities; (3) increased compliance with federal and state transition regulations; (4) collaborative training of agency personnel and families; (5) increased interagency childfind activities; (6) pooled resources for childfind and interagency activities; (7) re-evaluation of priority entry criteria to meet identified service gaps; and (8) increased family involvement in transition. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston. Office of Special Education Programs and Assurances.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia