This Early Childhood online community is organized across several content areas to help those that work with children ages 3-5 who have special needs.  Across the various community pages, look for information and resources on the early learning eGuidelines (standards), measuring early childhood outcomes, transition planning, individualized education program (IEPs), best practices, and least restrictive environment (LRE).

The Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) are used to evaluate the effectiveness of early intervention and early childhood special education.  There are  three child outcome statements that are the focus of the Office of Special Education's (OSEP) accountability reporting requirements for the Part B/Section 619 Early Childhood Special Education programs serving young children with disabilities; Positive Social Emotional Skills, Acquiring and Using Knowledge and Skills, and Taking Appropriate Action to Meet Needs.  OSEP requires states to report on the extent to which children's progress on each outcome moving them nearer to functioning comparable to same-aged peers in these areas.   Additionally, these outcomes are used by school teams to help plan programs that focus on increasing functional outcomes that promote later school success.

Planning for transition is an ongoing interagency process that explores options and provides information, support and linkages to new situations and services.  Joint planning between agencies is necessary to ensure a smooth and effective transition for children and their families.  Transition issues may include the shift form one service system to another, differences in eligibility requirements, new demands for child participation, differing expectations for child behavior and "readiness," new types and levels of staff involvement and training, and philosophical shifts in intervention models.  Careful and thoughtful joint planning by the local early intervention program and the local school district (LEA) will promote smooth and coordinated movement between programs and services.

Across the various pages of this community (e.g., FAQ, Documents, Trainings, Links) is transition specific information to assist preschool teachers, special education directors and other school personnel involved in transition activities.

Under the  Documents page you will find the necessary protocol forms to complete interagency agreements between the Infant Toddler and Head Start Programs.

A new Interagency Agreement between the Department of Education and Department of Health and Welfare has been signed and will be effective July 1, 2012.  The new agreement reflects the new notification process.  The Infant Toddler Program will begin notifying the SDE, on a monthly bases, of all potential referrals to Part B services.  Under Transition Documents you will find:

  • Idaho Part C and Part B Joint Policy Document
  • Infant Toddler and Early Childhood Interagency Protocols
  • Timelines

What's New?


'Exit' data is entered when a child is leaving the preschool special education program or is no longer eligible for a related service, such as speech therapy.

No, there isn't a PDF of the Early Learning Guidelines. The guidelines were designed as an e-document so that they could expand and add new research references. Due to the dual axis design of the information, it is somewhat cumbersome to print them as they are now over 1000 pages long. We are trying to move educators to the electronic mode.

Students early childhood special education and age eligible will be required to use the new Early Childhood IEP forms.  Age eligibility reflects students that are 3 years of age through kindergarten age eligible 5, or 5 on September 1, will be using the Early Childhood IEP forms.  So if the student is being placed on an IEP for the first time, is 5 years of age and attending an early childhood special education program, not kindergarten eligible, then the form will be used

Districts are able to have children younger than 3 years of age spend time in their early childhood special education program as part of the transition from Part C to Part B process, eligibility and evaluation process.



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    Date: May 8th, 2014
    Presenter: Shannon Dunstan and Carolyn Kiefer
    Title: Idaho eGuidelines Updated, Research and Alignment….Oh My!
    Description: This webinar will explore the revisions, updated research and new resource documents to support your work with children and families.
    Recording: View Recording

    Date: September 19, 2012
    Presenters: Shannon Dunstan, Idaho State Department of Education, and Robin Carter, Southwest Regional Special Education
    Handouts: Documents
    Description: This webinar will explore the revisions, updated research and new resource documents to support your work with children and families.
    Recording: Click to view recorded webinar

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    Best Practices

    As you get ready to send your students off for the summer, remember to give parents activities that they can do with their child over the summer.  If you are having difficulty coming up with something, check out the eGuidelines, Caregive Suggestion Column, check out some of the following websites:

    Higher Education

    Contact Us

    Shannon Dunstan

    Early Childhood and Interagency Coordinator
    Idaho State Department of Education
    P.O. Box 83720 Boise, Idaho 83720
    208-332-6908 (Office)
    208-703-1660 (Cell)

    sde Idaho State Department of Education
    650 W. State Street
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0027