Policy Brief

The Transition to Preschool for Children with Disabilities

PACE Policy Brief - Preschool Transition
Authors
Connie Kasari University of California, Los Angeles
Published
Summary

California continues to fall below national averages in identifying and serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with developmental disabilities. The transition between infant/toddler services, administered by the Department of Developmental Services, and preschool services for 3- to 5-year-olds, administered by the Department of Education, is fraught with several factors that hinder progress. The process lacks, among other things, a systematic screening and child tracking system; a data monitoring system for tracking progress of children; interagency and policy coordination; and preparation of family and staff for transitions. To significantly improve the state of early education for children with disabilities, California will need to make substantial investments.