About the Initiative
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recognized the need for a systematic and strategic technical assistance approach
to support the states, territories and jurisdictions in their implementation of the transition requirements of the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) (34 CFR 303.148 and 34 CFR 300.124). The OSEP transition initiative is based
on the recognition of the need for a more uniform, consistent and evidence-based framework for technical assistance. The
initiative supports states’ capacity to address transition issues, implement improvement activities, and demonstrate progress in
meeting the requirements of the State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Reports (APR) for the Early
Childhood Transition Indicators C8 and B12 through a variety of technical assistance activities. The National Early Childhood
Transition Initiative represents a collaborative technical assistance effort of OSEP,
the Regional Resource Center Program (RRCP),
the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
(NECTAC), the National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC)
and the Data Accountability Center (DAC).
Early Childhood Transition Requirements
Transition Processes: Tools and Needs Assessments
- Designing and Implementing Effective Early Childhood Transition Processes
(March 2008) (PDF: 1247kb)
was developed for TA organizations to support strategic planning efforts with states. It is a
framework and tool for states to analyze their transition system infrastructure and systematically
identify improvement strategies to improve local implementation of the transition requirements
of the IDEA as well as support effective local infrastructures for effective transition practices.
System components include:
- Overview of Designing and
Implementing Effective Early Childhood Transition Processes (March 2008)
(PPT: 292kb) - This
presentation provides information about the need for and background of the document as
well as a brief overview of the contents.
- Early Childhood Transition Worksheet
(2008) (DOC: 68kb)
- lists the IDEA transition requirements and key infrastructure components in chart format.
It can be used as a planning tool and discussion guide for identifying factors contributing to
non-compliance and effective practices. It is a companion to the Designing and Implementing
Effective Early Childhood Transition Processes framework document.
for an Early Childhood Transition Infrastructure (September 2008)
(PDF: 227kb) - This tool
corresponds directly to the components and elements presented in the transition document and is
intended to be used by state or local interagency teams to assess their current practices and identify
improvement activities to enhance the infrastructure necessary to support successful transitions
- Early Childhood Transition Self-Assessment
Form (March 2010) (DOC: 231kb) - This tool like the other
self assessment references the document "Designing and Implementing Effective Transition Processes". This self assessment
takes evidence statements from the document and is organized around the processes of interagency policies and practices,
personnel development and training, roles and responsibilities, and strategies and practices.
- Individualized TA and Strategic Planning with States
- National Webinars