Step Ahead at Age 3: A Guide for Families in Wisconsin [1999 Revised Edition]

Ann Hains

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Summary:

This booklet (revised in 1999) is designed for families to use in making decisions pertaining to their children with disabilities' transitions from Birth to Three services to Early Childhood Exceptional Education, Head Start, and other child care programs. Tips and checklists are provided for transition meetings, evaluation, multidisciplinary team meetings, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, and the process of putting the IEP into action, as well as general developmental checklists and tips on questions parents and children may have throughout the process of change into new programs and services. 

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Bibliographic Information:

Ann Hains. Step Ahead at Age 3: A Guide for Families in Wisconsin [1999 Revised Edition] (1999). Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services: Madison, WI. (16 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language: English

Reading Level: Average

Formats Available: Printed Material

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Availability:

(Available at no charge to parents and at cost from the address below to other requesters )

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
Birth to Three Program
1 West Wilson Street
P.O. Box 7851
Madison, WI
53707

Phone: (608) 266-8276

Languages Available: English, Spanish

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Intended User Audience:

The Step Ahead at Age 3 manual is written primarily for parents and family members, and it is also useful for service delivery personnel working in early intervention or early childhood special education settings and service coordinators (all disciplines).

There is no specific cultural or linguistic group identified. The intended audience is the families of Wisconsin.
 

Product Development:

The original document was developed by the Wisconsin Bridging Early Services Transition Project Planning Committee - a state-level committee which included lead agency representatives, program administrators, service providers and parents. A subcontract from an Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities (EEPCD) outreach grant awarded to the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas provided Wisconsin with initial funds to develop the manual. Additional funding and support was received from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Administrators, parents, faculty/trainers, service delivery personnel, and state lead agency representative all participated in the development of the manual. The developers had European American backgrounds.

The 1999 revised edition added reviewers who were parents and service providers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The Early Childhood Research Institute on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services reviewed the material and provided feedback to the developers.

 

Product Evaluation:

Evaluation of the 1995 edition occurred at workshops given throughout the state of Wisconsin. Parents, service delivery personnel, and administrators who attended these workshops rated the usefulness of the materials. Evaluations were received from personnel representing the fields of early intervention and early childhood special education, occupational therapy, social work, physical therapy, and speech pathology. 92% of the evaluations were completed by European Americans, 5% by African Americans, 2% by persons from Hispanic/Latino backgrounds, and 1% by Native Americans. Evaluation results are available in the final report to OSEP.

The 1999 revised edition has not been field-tested; no formal evaluation data exit.
 

Product Dissemination:

Over 15,000 Step Ahead at Age 3 manuals have been disseminated. All parents in Birth to Three Programs in Wisconsin's 72 counties have received copies from 1995 to the present. Service coordinators use them in conjunction with families. 

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