Transition from Early Intervention (Part C) to Early Childhood Special Education (Part B)
Smooth transitions from early intervention to early childhood special education are important. Families, children, sending, and receiving programs all need to share information and support each other. Transition activities need to be timely to assure access to appropriate services for the child. The transition should also be smooth and seamless between programs, people, and services. In the case of a child who previously received Early Intervention, the local educational agency shall, at the parent’s(s’) request, invite the Early Intervention service coordinator or other representatives of the Early Intervention system to the initial IEP meeting to assist with the smooth transition of services.
Learn more about Early Intervention in Virginia
Federal and state requirements guide the provision of Early Intervention Services in Virginia. For more information, visit the links below:
- Early Intervention Administration – This webpage provides information on the federal and state regulatory requirements of Early Intervention in Virginia.
- Early Intervention Practice Manual and Forms – This webpage provides technical assistance documents, policy pages, forms and other resources for implementation of Early Intervention in Virginia.
- Transition Agreement between the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Department of Education (Word) – This document is the Transition Agreement section in the Virginia Interagency Memorandum of Agreement among the Agencies involved in Implementation of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The MoA was signed in May 2013.
Information related to the federal and state requirements for the transition from Early Intervention to Early Childhood Special Education are provided below:
- Getting from Here to There: Navigating the Transition from Part C to Part B - Part I – In this webinar, state staff from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and the Department of Education jointly review transition requirements from both the Part C and Part B perspectives.
- Getting from Here to There: Navigating the Transition from Part C to Part B - Part II – In this webinar, staff from local early intervention systems and local school divisions lead a Web discussion about effective transition planning, communication, and collaboration at the local level.
- Indicator 12: Part C to Part B Transition Technical Assistance Document-This is a Word document. (Word) – This document provides technical assistance related to the transition from Part C to Part B and includes essential regulations as well as information regarding reporting Indicator 12.
- Transition from Early Intervention to Preschool Q & A-This is a Word document. (Word) – This document provides answers to frequently asked questions related to the transition from Part C to Part B.
- Transition from Part C (Early Intervention) to Part B (Early Childhood Special Education): Regulated versus Local Determination (Word) – This document provides an list of negotiable and nonnegotiable components related to the transition from Part C to Part B.
- Referral from Part C to Part B Flowchart-This is a PDF document. (PDF) – This document provides a visual representation of the process for referral from Part C to Part B and the eligibility process for Part B services.
There are professional development resources related to the transition from Early Intervention to Early Childhood Special Education provided below:
- CONNECT, The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge, Online Module – Transition from Early Intervention to Preschool
- Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, Transition from Early Intervention to Preschool Resources
- Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten
- National Early Childhood Transition Center, Transition from Early Intervention to Preschool TiPS