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

This professional development series focuses on how families and early childhood professionals can partner to support young children through the transition from early intervention services to the public school system. The series supports the development of participants’ skills to effectively communicate, understand and partner with families of children with disabilities in early childhood settings around the IFSP and IEP and to assist families in accessing community resources. It uses 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.

In-Person Classroom Sessions: 9:00 am to 3:30 pmregister

  • Saturday, September 23, 2017
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018

Fitchburg State University

Online Learning Modules:
September 24, 2017 through December 17, 2017

Three Graduate Credits available from Fitchburg State University for $285
$100 Stipends Available for Educators Completing the Series

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

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