ERIC Number: ED436891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
First Steps--Transitions to Early Childhood Special Education. A Helpful Guide for Parents. Revised January 1999.
Center for Innovations in Special Education, Columbia, MO.
This handbook for Missouri parents of young children with disabilities provides information on obtaining special education services from a local school district. A step-by-step guide for transitioning into preschool is provided. The steps include: (1) referral of the child to their local school; (2) holding a transition conference; (3) arranging with the school to gather and review information about the child; (4) development of an evaluation plan by the school; (5) evaluations completed by the school with a written diagnostic summary; (6) scheduling by the school for holding the child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting; and (7) arranging for the special education placement by the school district. The booklet also provides information on the transition conference, hints for a smoother transition, a transition checklist, a description of the IEP process, a comparison of the Missouri First Steps program to early childhood special education, and parental rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. A glossary of relevant terms is included, along with a list of helpful state and local resources. (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Eligibility, Individualized Education Programs, Parent Rights, Preschool Education, Resources, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Transitional Programs
Center for Innovations in Special Education (CSE), University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Education, Suite 152 Parkade Center, 601 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65211-8020. Tel: 573-884-1275; Tel: 800-735-2966 (Toll Free/TDD). Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Innovations in Special Education, Columbia, MO.
Identifiers - Location: Missouri
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act