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Subject: ECSE/First Steps/Transition C-B Workshops 2010

Source: Pam Thomas, Coordinator of First Steps Program, and Pam Williams, Coordinator of Special Education Services

Intended Audience: Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Directors, Teachers, System Point of Entry (SPOE) Directors, Service Coordinators

Date: March 17, 2010

The State Performance Plan, required by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), includes an indicator that addresses transition from Part C to B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  This requirement is designed to gather data for young children receiving services through Part C and potentially eligible for Part B.

It is very important that all SPOE and ECSE staff understand the timelines and requirements of a First Steps transition meeting and a referral to ECSE.  In order to help clarify these requirements, the First Steps Area Directors are holding workshops in various locations around the state.

Topics to be covered in the workshop include:

* First Steps transition meeting timelines

* Comparison of First Steps and ECSE requirements

* ECSE referral timelines

* Sharing information between First Steps and ECSE

* Directory Information and Opt Out policy

* Discussing Early Childhood Outcomes at the Transition meeting

Attendance at a workshop within your region or district is strongly encouraged in order to promote collaboration and communication between First Steps and ECSE staff.  You may choose the time and location most convenient for you from a listing of the locations at:  http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/FirstSteps/Transitionindexpg.htm

Please note seating may be limited and registrations will be taken on a first come basis.  To RSVP or for more information about a particular workshop, please contact the First Steps Area Director listed.