ERIC Number: ED434436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Early Transitions for Children and Families: Transitions from Infant/Toddler Services to Preschool Education. ERIC Digest E581.
Hanson, Marci J.
This Digest summarizes what is known about the successful transition of children with disabilities from infant/toddler services to preschool education. The ideal transition process is defined and characteristics of an ideal process such as meeting individual needs and providing uninterrupted services are listed. Also noted are issues in the transition process such as differences in eligibility processes and philosophical shifts in intervention models. The paper focuses on five strategies which have been demonstrated to be effective: (1) interagency coordination; (2) preparation, information exchange, and training among ending programs, receiving programs, and families; (3) family support; (4) child preparation; and (5) staff training and collaboration. Some findings of the Early Childhood Research Institute on Inclusion are noted concerning families' and professionals' experiences and perceptions during the transition process, their expectations and concerns, and factors that affected or influenced the transition process and outcome. (Contains 11 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Change Strategies, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Individualized Transition Plans, Infants, Integrated Services, Models, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Research and Development, Staff Role, Theory Practice Relationship, Toddlers, Transitional Programs
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.