Related Publications from WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention
Assessment of Family Strengths and Needs
A family’s strengths and needs are the heart of early intervention. Together they form the baseline of a child’s present level of development and the context within which the child will grow–critical data used to develop the individualized family services plan. This excerpt from the Early Start Service Coordination Handbook discusses the service coordinator’s role in assessing family strengths and needs; procedures and tools for gathering information; and quality practices for supporting the family. It also offers case examples and related references and resources. 42 pp. Free.
Effective Early Childhood Transitions: A Guide for Transition at Age Three — Early Start to Preschool
This guide identifies both required elements for transition and recommended practices to support famlies and their children as they successfully navigate transition from Early Start to other services at age three. It is intended for the Early Start community that includes regional center and LEA service coordinators, service providers, family resource centers, and receiving LEA providers. The document was developed collaboratively by the California Department of Developmental Services, Early Start Section and the California Department of Education, Special Education Division through contracts with Supporting Early Education Delivery Systems (SEEDS), Sacramento County Office of Education and the WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention. 46 pp. Free.