New Online Module: Understanding Preschool Special Education Settings, Program Placement and Data Reporting Requirements View the module here. The Federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is requiring a new measurement for reporting data on education environments for children aged 3-5 with IEPs. The RACE 2K project has created an on-line module to provide Special Education Administrators, Preschool Special Education Coordinators and staff an overview of the new reporting requirements related to Preschool Special Education Settings, how to enter data in NHSEIS and information about Preschool Least Restrictive Environment. For more information or specific questions, please contact Michelle Lewis, RACE 2K Project Director at firstname.lastname@example.org....Read More
Who is Doing What in Early Childhood Transitions: A Training for Professionals. View the updated module. The recent reauthorization of HeM 510 made significant changes to the transition process. This on-line module reflects these changes and includes the major activities of the transition process. Interactive components such as videos from the family and professional perspective and journaling are used as training tools as well. Additionally, the training module includes information on the regional Interagency Agreements and resources. The module has a printable staff development certificates and an on-line evaluation....Read More
The Supporting Children with Disabilities: A Guide to Working Together for School Districts and Community Preschool Programs (Guide) was developed by the Race 2K project to provide a context and framework to help School District and community program staff discuss and, if appropriate, formalize a working relationship to support children with disabilities in community preschool placements. The NH Department of Education has strong focus on ensuring that preschool children with disabilities are educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE). This means that preschool children with disabilities are educated in an early childhood program and removed to other settings only when the nature and severity of the disability is such that, even with supplemental aids and services, their needs cannot be met in the early childhood setting. For some districts, this means expanding district operated program models to include early childhood classrooms. For other districts, there is a need to collaborate with community early childhood programs (child care, private preschool programs or Head Start) to provide the early childhood environment for children with Individual Education Programs (IEPs). While seemingly a simple solution, the practice of placing children in community programs raises many questions for school district personnel and staff from community programs alike. There are three sections to this Guide: Program Profile, Program Rubric; and Formalization, which includes a Sample Memorandum of Agreement. This Guide is also not solely intended for use with community programs. It can also be used as a tool for a school district to reflect on the capacity and characteristics of their own programs and/or...Read More
RACE 2K provides information, support and technical assistance to school districts and others around early childhood transition, least restrictive environment, and child find.
Child find systems ensure that school districts have formal policies and procedures in place to locate, identify, and evaluate all children suspected to be children with disabilities using the special education process. Learn more about how RACE 2K assists school districts in developing and implementing child find policies, procedures and practices specific to toddlers and preschool children.
Children with disabilities, including children aged 3-5, must be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE). IEP Teams must determine the least restrictive environment for each child based on what he or she needs in order to receive a free appropriate public education. Learn more about how RACE 2K provides resources and support to school districts on preschool least restrictive environment.
The transition process from Early Supports and Services (ESS) to preschool special education is designed so that there is no interruption of services for children who qualify for both systems. Learn more about how RACE 2K provides technical assistance on the regulations, procedures and timelines that govern the transition process as well as how school districts, ESS and families can work more collaboratively together.