A Guide to Early Transitions in Texas
This guide is intended to provide an outline of the early transition activities, timelines, and recommended practices to facilitate a child’s transition from Part C (Early Childhood Intervention) to Part B (Early Childhood Special Education) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is important for professionals from both programs to understand the requirements of Part C and Part B of IDEA in order to ensure collaboration, compliance, and effective transitions for children and families. The law requires a smooth and effective transition from one system to the next for children who receive services in Part C and are potentially eligible for Part B services. Both programs must work together in order to meet the IDEA requirement for public schools to develop the individualized education program (IEP) for each child that is eligible by his or her third birthday.