ERIC Number: ED421230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Terrific Transitions: Ensuring Continuity of Services for Children and Their Families.
Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.
Planning for smooth transitions of young children and their families receiving educational and other services evolved out of a concern for providing continuity in the environment of young children. This document of the SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), a consortium of educational organizations devoted to promoting and supporting the improvement of educational opportunities for all learners in the Southeast, provides information and recommended practices for facilitating effective transitions in services for young children. The first section of the document provides contact information for all the organizations involved in the consortium. The next section defines "transition" and discusses the importance of continuity in children's environments. The third section examines transitions in special settings, including special needs and issues related to culture and language. Next, transition planning, including preparing for change, facilitating transitions and providing continuity, the administrators' role, preparing children and families for transition, and evaluating and monitoring transition activities are discussed. Lastly, state and national transition initiatives are described. An appendix contains sample letters and forms. (Contains 24 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Definitions, Developmental Continuity, Early Childhood Education, Family School Relationship, Parent School Relationship, Program Descriptions, Special Needs Students, Transitional Programs, Young Children
SERVE, Publications Department, 1203 Governor's Square Blvd., Suite 400, Tallahassee, FL 32301; toll-free phone: 800-352-6001; fax: 850-671-6020.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.