Early Childhood Transitions – Overview

Services for infants and toddlers and preschool aged children with disabilities are provided under the same federal law – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA is broken up into sections or parts.   Part C provides for services for children ages birth through age 2 and is known in NH as Family Centered Early Supports and Services (ESS). Part B provides services for children beginning at age 3 and is known as preschool special education. The transition process from ESS to preschool special education, if eligible, is designed so that there is no interruption of services for children who qualify for both systems.


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Services for infants and toddlers and preschool aged children with disabilities are provided under the same federal law – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA is broken up into sections or parts.   Part C provides for services for children ages birth through age 2 and is known in NH as Family Centered Early Supports and Services (ESS). Part B provides services for children beginning at age 3 and is known as preschool special education. The transition process from ESS to preschool special education, if eligible, is designed so that there is no interruption of services for children who qualify for both systems.

RACE 2K believes that when families and staff work together as a team, the best possible outcomes occur for children and families, and for the agencies that serve them. All team members need knowledge and skills regarding the early childhood processes and how to work together. They need to know their roles in the processes as well as regulations, procedures and timelines that guide them.  In this section you will find Regional Interagency Agreements that lay out the timelines, policies and procedures for the transition process, an on-line module that walks you through the steps of the process as well as other important resources to support ESS, school district personnel and families work more collaboratively together.