Module 2: Transition

Audio 2.9: Judy’s perspective (program administrator in Tamiya’s new program)

The administrator of a childcare program shares her perspective on the transition of a child with disabilities into her program (running time: 1 min. 38 sec.).

Audio 2.8: Melanie B.’s Perspective (Tamiya’s early intervention service coordinator)

The early intervention service coordinator for a child turning three shares her perspective on the transition process from early intervention into a preschool program (running time: 0 min. 56 sec.).

Audio 2.7: Randah’s Perspective (physical therapist)

A physical therapist of a two year old girl turning three, shares her perspective on the child’s transition from early intervention to a preschool classroom (running time: 0 min. 53 sec.).

Audio 2.6: Melanie A.'s Perspective (receiving teacher)

A preschool teacher shares her perspective on a transition of child with disabilities into her classroom (running time: 1 min. 11 sec.).

Audio 2.5: Rosemary's Perspective (Tamiya's mother)

The mother of Tamiya, a two year old girl turning three with developmental delays, shares her goals and concerns on her daughter’s transition into a preschool classroom (running time: 1 min. 07 sec.).

Audio 2.4: Patricia Ojeda

Ms. Ojeda is a Bilingual Information Specialist at the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) serving the families of children with disabilities.

Audio 2.3: Joseph Anderson

Mr. Anderson is the father of five children, four of whom received early intervention services.

Audio 2.2: Brenda Mullins


Audio 2.1: Mary Jo Paladino

Ms. Paladino is the mother of six children so she has had the joy of experiencing many transitions. She has worked in early intervention since 1989 in Colorado and Indiana.

Video 2.4: Highlights of a classroom visit

A teacher welcomes a new student into her classroom by showing him and his mother around the classroom. She also reads a book to him with pictures of his new classmates and teachers.

Video 2.3: Highlights of a home visit

A home visit by a receiving teacher before the child starts preschool to build rapport, gather information and share information about what the first day of school will be like. (running time: 3 min. 03 sec.)

Video 2.2: The family's viewpoint

Rosemary, the mother of Tamiya, a two year old girl turning three with developmental delays shares her view on the upcoming transition of her daughter into a childcare program.

Video 2.1: The teacher's viewpoint

Melanie A., a teacher in a community-based childcare program shares a dilemma about the transition of Tamiya, a two year old girl turning three with developmental delays, joining her classroom.

Foundations of Transition for Young Children

Today, most families of young children use and move between different types of early childhood services -- like Head Start, private child care, public preschool, or kindergarten. Moving between and among these various programs is often referred to as ’transition’.” This 8-minute video provides an overview of the desirable outcomes of transition, research identifying effective transition practices, as well as the legal requirements of early childhood transition (running time: 8 min. 19 sec.)

Handout 2.13: Examples of Classroom Arrangements to Support Tamiya’s Adjustment

In this handout, learners will view photos and descriptions of how a classroom setting was modified to support a child’s adjustment during transition.

Handout 2.12: Transition Activities Worksheet

This handout can be used to plan how transition related activities will be implemented both prior to the child’s start date in the new program (preparation) and after the start date (adjustme

Handout 2.11: Tamiya’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)

In this handout, learners will view a sample of a child’s initial IEP created prior to her transition into a preschool classroom.

Handout 2.9: Policy Advisory: The Law Governing Transition of Young Children

In this handout, learners will view a summary of the laws related to the transition of young children specifically the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA requirements for the Part C to Part B transition and the Head Start Program Performance Standards.

Handout 2.10: Transition Plan

In this handout, learners will view a sample transition plan that was included in the IFSP of a child turning three moving from early intervention (Part C) to a preschool classroom (Part B).

Handout 2.8: Research Summary on Transition Practices in Early Childhood

In this handout, learners will view a summary of research studies on transition practices in early childhood.

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