ERIC Number: ED419583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Planning for Transitions. Training Guides for the Head Start Learning Community.
Aspen Systems Corp., Rockville, MD.
Successful early childhood program transitions involve the coordination and continuation of developmental and comprehensive services from birth through age eight. This guide is designed to facilitate the successful transition of children and their families into and out of Early Head Start and Head Start programs and assists in planning for daily transitions to home or child care settings. Section 1 of the guide, "Skill-Based Training," contains four Head Start staff training modules that liken transition planning to traveling on a railroad system. Module 1, "Getting on Track with Transition Planning," provides a framework for effective planning, with activities to set goals based on assessments of current practices, identify key partners, and create a team. Module 2, "Bringing Families on Board for Planning," allows staff to work as a team to improve outcomes for transitioning children and families, with activities to facilitate obtaining and sharing information to develop individualized transition plans. Module 3, "Making Connections with Other Programs," involves assessing and strengthening the relationships among sending and receiving programs. Module 4, "Accessing Services through Community Linkages," encourages staff and parents to identify services gaps, with activities to create an interagency planning team and develop strategies for gaining and sustaining the support of staff and parents. Each module contains workshop and coaching activities, outcomes, key concepts, background information, preparation notes, ideas for applying skills and resources, and handouts. Section 2 of the guide, "Informational Resources," includes summaries on transition planning, comprehensive services, and effective transition practices; program profiles describing promising practices; tools to help in organizing planning; and an annotated list of 24 resources. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Developmental Continuity, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Professional Development, School Readiness, Transitional Programs, Young Children
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Aspen Systems Corp., Rockville, MD.