The Preschool Transition: Choosing a School and Preparing for Your First IEP
How to Choose a Preschool
Preparing for Your First Preschool IEP Meeting
When your child is about two and a half years old, your Regional Center service coordinator will ask for your written consent to send your local school district a referral packet, which may contain the following:
- Your child’s Individual Family Service Plan
- Early intervention reports
- Recent assessments and progress reports from other providers
Once eligibility is determined, you should receive a request from the school or district inviting you to the IEP meeting (if you don’t, read about how to request an IEP meeting here).
Attending your child’s first Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting can be overwhelming. You’ll come across many new words and acronyms, and the IEP itself has many parts. We’ve outlined the essentials below to help you get organized and prepare for your IEP meeting!
IEP to-do list
You should receive a request from the school or district inviting you to the IEP meeting, or you can request one yourself. Let the school know if you will be bringing a friend, specialist, attorney, or advocate with you. (You can read about the differences between special education attorneys and advocates here).
Bring the following items to the meeting — it’s a good idea to create a binder to organize all the documents you’ll need at the meeting so they’ll be easy to find while you’re there. Here is a detailed list of what to include in your binder that is specific to preschool.
We recommend you begin preparing for your meeting two days before by:
- Making a note to pack your laptop/device or favorite pen and a pad of paper.
- Checking with the person you asked to accompany you (perhaps they can take notes for you!)
- If you plan to record the meeting, write the school to let them know you will be recording the meeting at least 24 hours beforehand.