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Transition to Preschool

Turning Three: Preparing to Leave Early Intervention

What does "Transitioning" mean?

NJ Early Intervention System’s program ends when a child turns three.  Time and planning is needed to prepare children and families for changes in systems and services.  During this time the Early Intervention Providers will provide information and assist families in the transition process.  

Transition to preschool is not a singular event, and should begin early to promote and ensure continuity of services as well as provide families with a seamless transition between system of services.

Transition to Preschool

Transition from early intervention is a time of change, and change can be a challenge for all of us. However, transition can also be an exciting time as you and your family move on to new experiences, learn new things, develop new partnerships and continue to shape new hopes and dreams for your child. We hope to help you better understand the transition process. The more you know about transition, the more comfortable you will feel as you and your child get ready to move beyond early intervention together.

The Transition Process – One Step at a Time

Refer to the Transition Handbook to help keep track of events, meetings and information gathered as you navigate through the transition process.

You are encouraged to contribute and share your ideas, participate in the  transition process, and take advantage of all the supports and services that will be available to you.

01. Prepare

What are your visions and dreams for your child?  Beginning with an idea is a place to start thinking in planning your transition.  

02. Explore Community Options

What types of programs are there for young children in your community?  Will your child attend a private or public preschool?  Will your child attend classes at the local library?  Will your child need support attending these programs? Does your child need services?

03. Transition Planning

With your approval, your service coordinator will schedule a Transition Planning Conference (TPC) with the local school district personnel.  Be prepared to discuss your child’s strengths and needs.  You may want to also share important Early Intervention records with the district personnel.

4. Referral and Evaluation

Once your child has been referred, the school district will invite you to participate in an Identification/Evaluation Planning Meeting to discuss if your child will need evaluations to determine eligibility and if so, what types of evaluations might be needed.

05. IEP Meeting 

If your child has been found eligible for preschool  education and related services, the district will invite you to plan an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).   Click on the following link for a Preschool I.E.P. checklist:


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