"Transition" in Early Intervention services has several meanings:
Moving from the infant/toddler program to the preschool program
Leaving or entering a hospital
Attending a child care setting
Changing a residence
No longer in need of services or programs
Transition at Age 3
Early Intervention is ONE birth-to-age-5 program with TWO components. Services for eligible children up to age 3 are overseen by MH/IDD using funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Services for children age 3-5 are overseen by the Chester County Intermediate Unit using funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Transition planning for a child turning 3 is a collaborative series of conversations and activities. Ideally this process begins early to help determine “What comes next?" and “What do we need to get there?” The Service Coordinator schedules a meeting with the family and Intermediate Unit staff to develop a transition plan based on skills the child needs to succeed; adaptations and acquisitions; community resources and family activities; and family-desired connections. Both programs work to make a smooth switch for the child and family from MH/IDD to the Intermediate Unit.