It is especially important to have this session co-facilitated by a family member, early intervention (Part C) provider, and other early care and education service providers who represent the viewpoints of the participants.
Facilitators must be able to clearly articulate federal and state legislation and mandates related to transition in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), and other relevant state and federal regulations. Access to the most recent transition information may be found on the websites of the National Early Childhood Transition Center and other key agencies, such as the Office of Special Education Programs, Office of Head Start, and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center. There are many existing checklists and resources on transition at age 3. Facilitators should review this information in preparation for the session and have reference material available for participants.
This session may bring up a number of sensitive issues for participants. It is important to create a safe environment so that everyone can participate fully and learn from this experience. Facilitators must set a positive tone for discussions and reframe negative conversations into positive learning situations. During the development of ground rules, facilitators might add or suggest a rule to avoid placing blame on specific agencies.