Turning Age Three
Transition – What is It?
Transition is the process of change that occurs as your child approaches his/her 3rd birthday and the Early Start program ends. This is a time of many changes so we do our best to plan ahead. We call this process ‘Transition Planning’.
Planning for transition typically starts 6 months before your child turns 3 to ensure that there is a plan of support in place to prepare you and your child for a change in services. Your Service Coordinator will schedule a transition meeting to discuss your plans for your child as his/her third birthday approaches. At this meeting you will review a variety of options that are available to all children in your community. Special education and regional center services after age 3 will also be discussed.
General descriptions of services provided by regional centers.
Advance planning can ensure that children have a smooth transition from Early Start to other services
Some children who transition from Early Start may continue to need supports and services. Your child may qualify for services through the school district and/or the regional center. If your child qualifies for special education, it does not mean that she/he...
Your child may be eligible for Special Education
To qualify, your child must have a developmental disability that can be expected to continue indefinitely and is substantially disabling.
Family Resource Centers provide a vital network of parent support
See the laws and regulations regarding education of children at age three
Your Service Coordinator will be able to assist you in finding local resources