Change can be hard. We’ve certainly had that reinforced over the past year and half. Young children with disabilities experience many changes in their first few years, including the transition from early intervention services to preschool and the transition from preschool to kindergarten. Depending on how they are handled, these transitions can be smooth and empowering for children, families, and early childhood staff or they can be stressful and scary and frustrating.
Here at the Early Childhood Center, we have been working on a draft “Theory of Action” to capture the challenges, the best practices, and the outcomes related to early childhood transitions. A Theory of Action is an “evidence-based story” or a hypothesis about what will happen when a set of practices are implemented to address a particular set of challenges. Once we have a Theory of Action that captures early childhood transition, we can begin to build professional development tools to support systems and programs to adopt identified best practices and evaluate subsequent outcomes.
Here is where you come in. We’d like you to take a look at our draft Theory of Action and give us some feedback. Does it capture the challenges of early childhood transitions? Do the best practices listed reflect what you’ve learned about what works? Are there important outcomes we have missed? You can check out the draft here and provide comments and/or indicate interest in participating in a virtual focus group on early childhood transition. We value your expertise and hope you’ll take a few minutes to share it with us.
Let’s make change a little easier for our youngest learners!