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LEA Services

POLICY:

NOCAC Head Start/Early Head Start will work closely with the local agency responsible for implementing IDEA, the family and other service partners.

 

PROCEDURES:

NOCAC Head Start/Early Head Start, in collaboration with the LEA (Local Education Agency) will:

  1. Review the LEA Agreement yearly.
  2. Require NOCAC Head Start/Early Head Start Teachers/Home Visitors to contact the participant’s dual enrollment teacher quarterly. Contact will be documented on the Quarterly Contact Form for Children with IFSP/IEP.
  3. Require the LEA to provide any specialized therapies, such as but not limited to, physical, occupational and speech/language.
  4. Review the IEP yearly as required by IDEA.
  5. Review IFSP every 6 months.
  6. Collaborate to enroll the child in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

 

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:   1302.63(b)
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    

 

Effective Date:   8/7/17 Revision Date:   3/17/20
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council:    

LEA Referral Statement

POLICY:

NOCAC Head Start/Early Head Start will refer a child to the LEA (Local Education Agency) if warranted through the developmental, speech/language, social/emotional, vision and/or hearing screenings.

 

PROCEDURES:

NOCAC Head Start/Early Head Start Staff will:

  1. Refer any participant presenting concerns on any and/or all screenings for a formal evaluation to assess eligibility for services under IDEA as soon as possible and not to exceed timelines required under IDEA .
  2. Partner with the participant’s parents to help support the family through the LEA’s evaluation process.

 

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    1302.33 (3,4,5); 1302.60
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    

 

Effective Date:   8/7/17 Revision Date:   3/17/20
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council:    

LEA Agreements

POLICY:

NOCAC Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) will coordinate with the LEA (Local Education Agency) responsible for implementing IDEA.

 

PROCEDURES:

  1. NOCAC HS/EHS will collaborate with the LEA to identify children enrolled or who intend to enroll in a program that may be eligible for services under IDEA. See the Referral Process Policy for further guidance.
  2. NOCAC HS/EHS will meet annually with the LEA to develop interagency agreements.
  3. NOCAC HS/EHS will provide relevant information, participate in the development and review of an IFSP/IEP and participate in meetings with the LEA, if requested by the child’s parents and the implantation of the IFSP/IEP. See the Referral Process for further guidance.
  4. NOCAC HS/EHS will retain a copy of the IFSP/IEP for any child enrolled and will be tracked in ChildPlus.

 

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:   1302.63
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    

 

Effective Date:   8/7/17 Revision Date:   3/17/20
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council:    

IFSP/IEP – Services for Parents

POLICY:

NOCAC Head Start/Early Head Start will conduct, within 45 calendar days of the child’s entry into the program, a developmental screening to identify concerns regarding a child’s developmental, behavioral, motor, language, social, cognitive and emotional skills.

 

PROCEDURES:

  1. At the time of the referral, the teacher will explain the time lines set by Local Education Agency (LEA) and how/when the LEA will contact the family.
  2. Informing the family that by signing the Intervention Team Referral (ITR) and/or ROI Head Start staff are invited to all meetings regarding the child when NOCAC Head Start is the initiating Agency.
  3. Providing support during all meetings regarding the evaluation of each child referred.
  4. Facilitating in the IFSP Evaluation Team Report (ETR) and Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting by providing accurate information about the child and supporting the parents if they have questions or concerns.

 

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    1302.62
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    

 

Effective Date:   8/7/17 Revision Date:   3/18/20
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council:    

IFSP/IEP – Program Participation and Inclusion

POLICY:

NOCAC Head Start/Early Head Start includes provisions for including children with a disability in all activities.

 

PROCEDURES:

NOCAC Head Start/Early Head Start ensures enrolled children with disabilities, including but not limited to those who are eligible for services under IDEA, and their families receive all applicable program services delivered in the least restrictive possible environment and that they fully participate in all program activities.  NOCAC Head Start reserves at least 10% of enrollment for children with disabilities.

 

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    1302.60
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    

 

Effective Date:   8/7/17 Revision Date:   3/18/20, 12/21/20
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council:    

IEP – Kindergarten Transition – Additional Services

POLICY:

NOCAC Head Start will plan and implement additional transition services for children and families with IEPs.

 

PROCEDURES:

The Disabilities/Intervention Specialist and teachers will:

  1. Provide the Introduce Me! Handout to families of children with IEPs to be distributed and completed at the final parent/teacher conference in order for families to share with the kindergarten teacher.
  2. Attend all IEP transition to kindergarten meetings scheduled by the LEA to support the child and family as they transition to a new setting.

 

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    1302.61(c)(2)(ii)
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    

 

Effective Date:   8/7/17 Revision Date:   3/18/20
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council: