ERIC Number: ED478929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Transition Is More Than a Change in Services: The Need for a Multicultural Perspective. Technical Report.
Bruns, Deborah A.; Fowler, Susan A.
This report discusses the transition from early intervention services (EI) to preschool services (ECSE), which presents many challenges to children, families, service providers, and programs. The needs and preferences of families from culturally and linguistically diverse groups pose additional challenges. The report reviews the DEC Recommended Practices and NAEYC guidelines, which offer criteria to evaluate currently used transition practices in EI/ECSE and early childhood education (ECE). Within this context, the preparation, implementation and follow-up, and evaluation of transition practices for children, families, and service providers and programs is considered. Conclusions are offered regarding current transition practices and their congruence with recommended practices. Finally, five factors, the 5C's (community context, collaboration, communication, family concerns, and continuity), are presented as additional principles to guide the development and utilization of transition practices for families from culturally and linguistically diverse groups. The report includes extensive references, an annotated bibliography, and a list of available resources from the CLAS Web site. (Author/SG)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Influences, Disabilities, Diversity, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Family Involvement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Role, Minority Groups, Preschool Education, Transitional Programs
CLAS Early Childhood Research Institute, 61 Children's Research Center, 51 Gerty Dr., Champaign, IL 61820 ($7.50). Tel: 800-583-4135 (Toll Free). For full text: http://clas.uiuc.edu/publications.html.
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Early Childhood Research Inst. on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services.