This topical guide on transitions in early intervention will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

  • Early Intervention Workbook : Essential Practices for Quality Services
    Lynda C. Pletcher and Naomi Younggren.
    Brookes Publishing, 2013.
    This comprehensive resource walks readers through every key step of the early intervention journey with children birth to 3, from the crucial first meeting with a family to the child’s transition out of intervention.
    HV 713 .P566 2013 842323206
    From Early Intervention – to Preschool Programs – and Schoolage Services: A Parent’s guide to Transitioning Young Children with
  • Special Needs
    Padmaja Sarathy
    Horsham, PA: LRP Publications, 2006
    This parent guide is designed to empower families to ask the right questions and seek the most relevant information from the professionals to help make effective transition-related decisions for young children with special needs
    LC 4019.3 .S243 2006 65341342
  • Introducing Me (Me Too! Series)
    Marci J. Hanson & Maria L. Morgan
    Brookes, 2001
    Introducing Me is one of a series of books called Me, Too! written for parents to help with the transition into preschool of young children with special needs. These short books are designed to be read with children. These books help parents with selecting a preschool, building relationships with people in the community, understanding their child’s behavior and their child’s friendships, and creating schedules and routines.
    HV 888 .H251i 2001 45532489
  • Negotiating the Special Education Maze: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
    Winifred Anderson, Stephen Chitwood, Deidre Hayden, and Cherie Takemoto
    Woodbine House, 2008
    This guide covers what parents and advocates need to consider when a child is not succeeding in an early childhood program or school: seeking an evaluation, planning an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), understanding classroom placement options, and monitoring progress.
    LC 4031 A552 2008 181335776
  • The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success
    Bonnie Keilty
    Teachers College Press, 2010
    Keilty explains what early intervention looks like and how families can best partner with professionals so that young children can learn, grow, and thrive. The book includes a chapter on assessment and planning outlining how parents and professionals can work together throughout the process.
    WS 350.6 K27e 2010  369296194
  • Tools for Transition in Early Childhood: A Step-by-Step Guide for Agencies, Teachers, and Families
    Beth S. Rous & Rena A. Hallam
    Brookes, 2006
    This how-to guide provides a step-by-step model showing how families and professionals can work together to design effective transitions for young children with special needs.
    HQ 778.63 .R863 2006  71266408
  • Transitions for Young Children: Creating Connections across Early Childhood Systems
    Sharon Lynn Kagan and Kate Tarrant
    Paul H. Brookes, 2010
    This book brings together writings on early childhood transitions from leading researchers and practitioners around the world. Focusing on both vertical and horizontal transitions, the expert contributors give readers in-depth guidance to enhance and improve transitions.
    LB 1139.25 .K11 2010 640510962


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.


  • National Early Childhood Transition Center
    The National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) provides information to parents and professionals about practices and strategies for successful transitions in early childhood special education. This Web site includes research briefs, links to other organizations, a database of literature on transitions, webinars, and a “transition toolkit.”


The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.

  • Exceptional Parent, 34(9), 54, 56–59
    Transition: A New Path in the Journey
    Susan Addison. (2004)
    This article uses one family’s story to illustrate some of the challenges for families of young children with special needs as they make the transition out of early intervention programming.
  • Young Exceptional Children, 10(3), 10–16
    Transitions of Families from Early Intervention to Preschool Intervention for Children with Disabilities
    Ann M. Connelly. (2007)
    This article provides an overview of the transition from Part C to Part B services and discusses methods of dealing with issues or problems that might arise during the process.
  • Young Exceptional Children, 12(3), 15–31
    Using Interagency Collaboration to Support Family-Centered Transition Practices
    Diane M. Branson and Ann Bingham. (2009)
    Using the story of Lanie and her son Harry, this article explains collaboration between parents and professionals during the transition process.
  • Young Exceptional Children, 4(2), 12–14
    Birth to Three Transition: One Family’s Story
    Beth Swedeen. (2001)
    In this article, a mother describes her journey with her daughter through the transition from early intervention services.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

  • EIC: Transition at Age 3: Leaving the Early Intervention Program
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • EIC: Answering Questions About Your Child’s Special Needs
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library
    The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library supports the inclusion of young children with disabilities birth–five and their families, in early care and education settings. The SpecialQuest materials and approach have been used nationwide, refined over a period of ten years, and have been shown to create and sustain change. Materials on this website are provided at no cost with funding from the Office of Head Start.
  • Tearless Transitions
    Transitions are the times when children change from one activity to another. Young children sometimes react to transitions by engaging in challenging behaviors. Consistent classroom routines may help, but young children can still find transitions difficult. Good planning helps teachers smooth the way. Also in Spanish and Polish.
  • Transition at Age Three
    This training session includes handouts, videos, presentations and scripts used in the SpecialQuest Inclusion Training. Session activities provide an opportunity for participants to consider specific strategies to promote best practices before, during, and after a child’s transition at age three.
  • When I’m 3 Where Will I Be?
    This workbook was created by parents and early intervention and school personnel. It guides Illinois families through their child’s transition from Early Intervention Program services. This online booklet is designed to help parents with setting goals, sharing information with professionals, understanding the evaluation process, and preparing for the first Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. Also in Spanish).

Transitions in Early Intervention