of First Steps
Transition in First Steps refers to any significant change happening for children and families. Whether it is a major change while they are entering the system, a change while they are recieving services or determining what options are available for the child and family when they are leaving the system, all of these changes have a significant impact on the family. Therefore, transition is a topic that is introduced early and often within First Steps.
INTO: As a child enters the First Steps system there are bound to be many questions and concerns. The Intake and/or Service Coordinator will be there to answer questions, provide information and to ensure that resources and supports are available to each family.
WITHIN: There are many life changes and events that can happen while chilren are in the First Steps system that would bring about transition. Whether it is a new addition to a family, hospitalization or direct changes to an IFSP provider or service, the Service Coordinator is available to assist families.
OUT: Possibly the most challenging transition of all is when a child is no longer eligible, in need of services or reaches their third birthday. This is when the Intake and/or Service Coordinator will assist the family in looking at different options that may be available to their child and famliy. Other resources that may be discussed, but not limited to, would be Head Start, child-care centers, private preschools, private therapy providers or other community programs.
To try and ensure that transition happens smoothly for each children leaving the First Steps system and entering into the public school system and/or Head Start, First Steps has Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) with these individuals. The agreements are used as a guide to assist in the identificaiton of roles and responsablities of each party involved. The MOA's are revised and updated annually. The postings below are the most up-to-date agreements.
NORTHWEST INDIANA FIRST STEPS MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENTS:
Current MOA's are in effect from June 1, 2009 - May 31, 2011
** Orignial documents with signature are available at the First Steps Office.
Lake County Special Education MOA
Lake & Porter County Head Start MOA
Porter County Education Services MOA
LaPorte County Cooperative & Head Start MOA
Michigan City Area Schools & Head Start MOA
Newton & Jasper County Cooperative School & Head Start MOA