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Birth to Three

Children transition out of Early Intervention (Birth to Three, or B23) services when they turn three years old, after which they become eligible for special education services. However, this transition does not happen automatically, and approximately 20% of children eligible for B23 do not receive Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Therefore, if your child is approaching their third birthday, it is crucial to be aware of the next steps.

It is essential to grasp the distinctions between these two programs. Birth to Three primarily supports families in meeting their child’s developmental needs, whereas special education focuses on addressing the educational needs of the child directly.

Transitioning From B23

Understanding the transition process is crucial to ensuring a smooth changeover for your child. Transition planning should ideally commence at least 9 months before, but no later than 90 days prior to their 3rd birthday. Typically, around the age of 2.5 years, Birth to Three will refer the child to the school district. Subsequently, Birth to Three arranges a transition meeting for the family to meet with the school district, pose inquiries, discuss their child’s requirements, their parental priorities, and available programs following Birth to Three.

Following this, the school district convenes a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) Meeting, which the parents attend, to determine necessary evaluations. A second PPT meeting assesses evaluation outcomes and decides on the child’s eligibility for special education services. If eligible, the school district creates an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) outlining the specific services the child will receive. Parents have a range of due process rights if they disagree with the proposed program, though the school district isn’t obliged to continue services at the level provided by the Birth to Three program.

It’s essential to prepare your child for the next steps. Consider visiting their new school to meet teachers and familiarize yourself with their daily routines. Additionally, recognize that you may not always see eye-to-eye with the school district. Advocate for your child, communicate your own needs and priorities, as you understand your child’s needs better than anyone else.

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