Transition In/Out Early Head Start
Transition Into the EHS Program - The ERSEA, Family Service Worker, Education Center Coordinator, and Center staff ensure children and parents have a smooth transition in delivery of services as the children move in and out of the PCI Early Head Start and Head Start Programs. We encourage families to be involved in their children's learning and development and support their child's lifelong success. When a child is transitioning into the Early Head Start program, parents receive an orientation guide to the program requirements.
Parents are encouraged to spend the day at one of the Early Head Start sites to observe what a typical day entails. A briefing conference is held with Parent, Teacher, Family Service Worker, and Education Center Coordinator. Parents receive brochures and pamphlets about the program.
Transitioning Out of EHS Program:
Six months before the child's third birthday, an Education Center Coordinator and Family Service Worker will meet with the parents and develop a transition plan to have the child enrolled into either a Head Start Program (if slots are available) or other educational programs.
A transitioning checklist is reviewed with the parent and used as a guideline to ensure adherence to the process. The Family Service Worker assists parents in completing the application process for transitioning their child into the Head Start Program or a program of their choice. Parents are encouraged to take the child to visit the new center thirty days before exiting the EHS program.
To provide continuity of care, the Family Service Worker will serve as the contact between the parent and the Education Center Coordinator of the new Head Start placement.