Developing IEPs or IFSPs Policy Number and Last Update
If Migrant Head Start has to develop an IEP or IFSP:
- Contact Disabilities Services Manager to discuss steps to follow and to schedule activities.
- Request Parent Permission for Evaluation & Referral (after Denver and Social Emotional Checklist was completed, bi-weekly staffing requirements fulfilled, and after team decided that referral was appropriate).
- Contact Mental Health consultant for an individual observation of the child.
- Contact possible diagnosticians who can provide for a multi-disciplinary evaluative procedure that is not racially or culturally biased.
- Assure that all areas related to suspected disability are assessed by trained, state certified/licensed personnel.
- Contact family members to discuss possible schedule for diagnostic appointments.
- Assure that more than one measure or information source is used to determine existence of a disability.
- Appoint a multi-disciplinary team consisting of:
- A Specialist with knowledge in the area of suspected disability
- Education Coordinator
- Child's Teacher
- Disabilities Services Manager Mental Health Consultant
- Disabilities Services Coordinator
- After diagnosis is confirmed, according to HSPS criteria (within 30 days from initiation of referral), call the team to attend IEP or IFSP development meeting and invite in writing a representative from LEA or CFC (no more than 2 weeks after diagnostic results were received).
- Meet with family and provide a detailed explanation about Parent's Rights (booklets provided by state).
- Ensure family/guardian participation in the development of the IEP or IFSP, assisting with transportation, translation, and all other support services.
- The IEP or IFSP must include:
- Child's present level of functioning in areas of development;
- Identification of specific educational/developmental needs in those areas requiring programming;
- Statement of annual goals and the short-term objectives to meet those goals;
- Statement of additional component services required, including transition services;
- Specific special education and related services required;
- Identification of the program options to meet the child's needs, with full inclusion being the strongly preferred option;
- Identification of the personnel responsible for supervision and delivering of services;
- Projected dates of initiation and duration of services;
- Evaluative procedures for determining before season is over, whether the short-term objectives are being achieved or need to be revised; and
- Identification of family goals/objectives essential to the child's progress.
Services to be provided must begin within 2 weeks of the IEP/IFSPs meeting.