The transition from Early intervention services to CPSE (Committee of Preschool Special Education)/preschool service delivery can be a big step for both children and their parents. It's important to be prepared to ensure a smooth transition for your child. In this blog post, we will discuss what to expect and offer some ways you can prepare your child for this transition.

First, it's important to understand the process of transition. Typically, around the age of 2.5 years, your child's Early Intervention team will begin to prepare for the transition to CPSE. Your service coordinator will reach out to see if you are interested in pursuing CPSE services and if yes, your child will be evaluated by a team of CPSE evaluators. CPSE services may occur within public or private preschool programs and if you need assistance in locating an appropriate preschool or school program for your child, resources will be provided for you. In an effort to avoid a gap in services, the Early Intervention Program in New York City allows for children who are found eligible for CPSE to continue receiving Early Intervention services past their third birthday. This ensures a seamless transition from one program to another and provides time for an appropriate preschool to be located and for CPSE providers to be put in place.

One way to prepare your child for this transition is to familiarize them with their new classroom environment. You can visit the school with your child before they start, so they can see the classroom, meet the teachers, and learn about the routine. You can also talk to them about the new environment and let them know what they should expect so they are aware of the upcoming change.

Another way to prepare your child is to work on any specific skills they may need to besuccessful in their new environment. For example, if your child has difficulty with communication or social skills, you can focus on working on these skills in advance, with the help of your child’s Early Intervention team. Additionally, you can also workon daily living skills, such as dressing and toileting, to ensure your child is prepared for preschool.

It's important to keep in mind that the transition from Early Intervention services to preschool and CPSE can be challenging, but it's also a great opportunity for your child to learn, grow and increase their independence. Both your Early Intervention and CPSE service providers will be able to offer support to help ensure a smooth transition and make sure that your child's needs are met.

As a parent, it’s important to stay involved in your child's education and continue to advocate for their needs. You can do this by attending parent-teacher conferences, maintaining regular communication with your child’s teachers, service providers and staff, and participating in school events.

In conclusion, preparing your child for the transition from Early Intervention services to preschool or school can be challenging, but with the right preparation and support, it can be a great opportunity for your child to learn and grow. As a parent, you play a crucial role in this process, so don't hesitate to ask for help or support from the Early Intervention Team as you and your child prepare for the transition.