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Partnering with Families of Young Children Transitioning into Public Pre-K and K

Partnering with Families of Young Children Transitioning into Public Pre-K and Kindergarten focuses on strategies for partnerships between families and early childhood professionals to support young children during the transition from early intervention services into the public school system. This series helps participants develop skills to effectively communicate and collaborate with families of young children with special needs on topics ranging from IFSP / IEP development to procedures for accessing community resources. Partnering with Families of Young Children Transitioning into Public Pre-K and Kindergarten is built on the Massachusetts Family, School and Community Partnership Fundamentals as a guide for participants to examine their own family engagement practice and develop strategies for enhancing engagement opportunities for all children and families when transitioning into their public school preschool or kindergarten programs.

Topics Include:

  • family systems theory and contemporary issues impacting families today
  • cultural competence and cultural differences related to child rearing practices and family systems
  • requirements of special educational law, specifically, on transitioning into public school services
  • partnering with families on IFSP and IEP development
  • research findings on effective transition and evidence-based practices of home visits
  • practical application of strategies to enhance family engagement in early childhood environments

Three-Credit Graduate Course:

Through a grant provided by the Department for Elementary and Secondary Education, the Federation for Children with Special Needs will offer Partnering with Families of Young Children Transitioning to Public Pre-K and Kindergarten as a graduate-level course through Fitchburg State University. The course is free of charge for public school educators, with the option to purchase three graduate credits for $285. There is also a $100 stipend for educators completing the series.

In-Person Classroom Sessions at Fitchburg State University:

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018 (9:00am – 3:30pm)
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 (9:00am – 3:30pm)
  • Saturday, February 9, 2019 (9:00am – 3:30pm)

Online Learning Modules

  • October 20, 2018 through January 25, 2019

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For more information, contact Margaret O’Hare at: mcohare@fcsn.org