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Transition Services for Children With an IFSP-Subpart G 1302.70(e)

POLICY:

Transition Services for Children With an IFSP-Subpart G 1302.70(e)

PROCEDURES:

The Disabilities/Intervention Specialist and Home Visitors will:

  1. Attend all IFSP transition to IEP meetings scheduled by the LEA to support the child and family as they transition to a new setting.
  2. Share with families A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education.

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:
ODJFS Child Care Manual:
CACFP Regulation:
Caring for Our Children:
Other Sources:
Effective Date: 3/18/20 Revision Date:
Approved By Policy Council: Revision Approved By Policy Council:

Itinerant Teachers Working Outside of the Classroom with Head Start Children

POLICY:

Itinerant teachers that are working with children on an Individualized Education Program (IEP), can work with children outside of the classroom without a Head Start representative present. 

 

PROCEDURES:

  1. Head Start staff will verify with the Individual Education Program (IEP) document and the Itinerant teacher(s) that the IEP has properly been signed in section 14, by the parent. 
  2. In section 11, the Head Start will verify with the IEP document and the Itinerant teacher that the child will receive services outside of the classroom.
  3. When the Itinerant teacher comes to provide services for the child, the Itinerant teacher will sign the child out of the classroom on the child’s individual sign-in/out sheet. This represents that the child is no longer in the care of NOCAC Head Start, and under the care of the School District representative reflected on the child’s IEP.
  4. NOCAC staff will move the child’s clip to the “At Home” side of the clipboard and use the Active Supervision Process to communicate the change in number of children present. 
  5. When the Itinerant teacher returns the child back to the classroom, the Itinerant teacher will sign the child back into the classroom on the child’s individual sign-in/out sheet. This represents that the child is no longer in the care of the School District representative reflected on the child’s IEP and back into the care of NOCAC Head Start.
  6. NOCAC staff will move the child’s clip to “At School” side of the clipboard and use the Active Supervision Process to communicate the change in number of children present. 
  7. Sign-in/out sheets will be turned in for the individual child with the monthly attendance via CACFP paperwork and then given to the Disability Coordinator. 
  8. Individual sign-in/out sheets will be filed in the child’s disability folder at the Central Office. 

 

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    
ODJFS Child Care Manual:  

Background Check Process for Licensed, Certified, and Approved Child Care Applicants 

Child Care Staff Member, Substitute, Employee and Family Child Care Home Resident File Documentation Requirements 

CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:   IEP Itinerant Teacher Sign-in/out Sheet 
Effective Date:     Revision Date:    
Approved By Policy Council:     Revision Approved By Policy Council:    

Child Screenings Statement

POLICY:

NOCAC Head Start will conduct, within 45 calendar days of the child’s entry into the program, a developmental screening to identify concerns regarding a child’s developmental, behavioral, motor, language, social, cognitive and emotional skills.

 

PROCEDURES:

NOCAC Head Start Teachers/Appropriate Staff will:

  1. Use a research-based developmental standardized screening tool:
    1. ESI-R (Early Screening Inventory-Revised) is the screening tool used to screen developmental, motor, language, social, and cognitive skills. (refer to ESI-R Procedure)
  2. As a part of the screening process, additional information from family members will be obtained by:
    1. The DECA (Devereux Early Childhood Assessment) will be completed by the family at the first home visit.
    2. The ASQ3 will be completed by the family at the first home visit.

 

Hearing and Vision Screening

  1. Hearing Policy
  2. Vision Policy

 

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    1302.33
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    

 

Effective Date: Revision Date:
Approved By Policy Council: Revision Approved By Policy Council:

SSI Questionnaires

POLICY:

Head Start/Early Head Start staff will comply with the Social Security Administration Request for Administration Information records form.

PROCEDURES:

The Disabilities/Intervention Specialist, after reviewing the documentation will:

  1. Answer the questionnaire when appropriate and/or
  2. Share with other appropriate Head Start staff members to complete the questionnaire, including but not limited to:
    1. Teaching Staff/Home Visitor
    2. Site Managers
    3. Family Advocate
  3. Fax the completed questionnaires back to the appropriate SSI office named on the documents.
  4. Record is filed in child’s permanent record by following all HIPAA and FERPA rules.

 

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:   https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/publications/topic/healthinformationprivacy.html 

 

Effective Date:   8/7/17 Revision Date:   3/17/20
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council:    

Speech and Language Screeners

POLICY:

NOCAC Head Start/Early Head Start will use one or more research-based standardized screening tools for any participant that a staff member or parent suspects has a concern.

 

PROCEDURES:

  1. Contact the Disabilities/Intervention Specialist to request a speech/language screener.
  2. The Disabilities/Intervention Specialist will:
    1. Conduct speech/language screenings
    2. Document results of all speech/language screenings in Child Plus, email teachers with results and share copies of screeners and, if requested, write a report for families with copies of all screeners used.

 

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:   1302.60; 1302.61
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    

 

Effective Date:   8/7/17 Revision Date:   3/17/20
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council:    

Referral Process for Screening & Assessment

POLICY:

NOCAC Head Start/Early Head Start will refer a child to the LEA (Local Education Agency) if warranted as presented by developmental, speech/language, social/emotional, vision and/or hearing screenings.

 

PROCEDURES:

If the child received 2 or more scores below the cutoff:

  1. The Home Visitor (HV) will inform the family of the referral process.
  2. If the family agrees, the HV will complete the family the Reciprocal Release of Information (ROI) form.
  3. The Disabilities Specialist and the HV will develop a Child Service Plan (CSP) that will be implemented during the LEA evaluation process.
  4. The HV will send the ROI to the Specialist who will use the Early Intervention website to send the referral to the LEA.
  5. The Specialist and HV, when available, must attend all IFSP meetings with the family.

If the HV and/or family suspect a speech and/or language concern:

  1. Follow the Speech/Language Policy.

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    1302.33 (3,4,5); 1302.60
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    

 

Effective Date:   8/7/17 Revision Date:   3/18/20
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council: