What will happen as my child transitions between their Early Intervention services received through the CDSA and turning age 3?
My child currently receives Early Intervention Services
through the CDSA.
What happens as my child gets closer to 3 years, 0
If my child currently receives services through the
CDSA, and I want my child to be evaluated for special education
services through the school system, what do I do?
• Between your child's age of 2
years, 6 months, and 2 years, 9 months, your child's CDSA Case
Worker will discuss special education services for children with
disabilities ages 3-5 offered by the school district. If the parent
expresses interest in following through with the referral for
special education services process, a meeting is scheduled.
o The parent should note there is a
significant difference between how a child's unique needs are
addressed by CDSA (which falls under a medical model of services)
and by a school district (which falls under an educational model of
o A student eligible for special education services needs to have
an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in place by their third
• School System Meeting
#1: A Transition Planning Conference will occur at
Thompson Early Childhood Center, including parents, CDSA
representatives, and school-district representatives. At this
meeting, the following will be reviewed: current assessment
information, the strengths of the child, and the IFSP. Meeting #2
may be scheduled at this time.
• School System Meeting
#2 (if needed): A referral for special education services
will occur through an IEP meeting at Thompson Early Childhood
Center, including parents and school-district representatives. At
this meeting, the child's strengths and weaknesses will be
reviewed. Based upon information gathered and reviewed, the IEP
team may request permission from the parent to obtain new testing
information relative to whether or not the child has a disability
(eligibility criteria as indicated per the special education
department in North Carolina) requiring special education services
through the school system.
• Attendance at
scheduled testing (to be determined): Based upon the
testing decisions made by the IEP team at meeting #2, your child
may be scheduled for testing with any of the following
professionals: School Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist,
Occupational Therapist, and/or Physical Therapist. Additional
information may be gathered as well, to include (but not limited
to) information from medical providers, classroom observations, or
additional testing information as needed from other professionals
relative to the suspected area of disability. All testing and/or
information to be gathered require parent permission.
• Meeting #3:
Once all testing and/or information is gathered, another IEP
meeting will be scheduled to discuss the results of all testing. At
o Parents will be provided with
reports regarding all recent testing. Reports will be discussed
o Once evaluation information is discussed, the IEP team will
discuss the child's eligibility for special education services
based upon the 14 areas of eligibility under which children are
able to receive special education services in North Carolina.
o If your child meets the criteria for one of the 14 areas of
disability, the team will discuss and determine if a negative
impact is noted within a learning environment.
o If a negative impact is noted, the team will then discuss if the
negative impact is significant enough to require special education
o If special education services are required, the team will ask
the parent for consent to provide special education services.
o If the parent provides consent for special education services,
the IEP team will develop an IEP to address the child's unique
If my child is eligible for special education services,
what could those services look like through Onslow County
• As the IEP team develops an
IEP, the team will develop goals that they have determined the
accomplish over the course of the next calendar year.
• Once the IEP goals are created, the IEP team will determine
how much time is needed with
special education personnel to obtain goals made.
• Once the amount of time with special education personnel is
determined, the IEP team will discuss the
environment in which they believe the child will have the greatest
success in meeting their
• Special education services are offered in a variety of ways
and in a variety of environments; children's
unique needs are served in their least restrictive
• Service implementation could look like, but is not limited
to: walk-in services, services provided
through a playgroup setting, or services within a home, daycare,
or preschool setting.
I am interested in my child attending preschool. How can
my child attend preschool five days a week through the Onslow
County Schools Preschool Program?
• Children who qualify and are
found eligible for Head Start or Title 1 may attend preschool 5
full days a week. Application information as well as required
documents for these programs can be seen at
or can be obtained in person at Thompson Early Childhood Center.
Once the application is completed and required information is
provided, the parent will have the application reviewed and will
answer additional questions in person at Thompson Early Childhood
Center. Please call 910-346-6222 for more information regarding how
to apply for these programs.
• Head Start promotes the school readiness
of young children from low-income families through agencies in
their local community. Head Start programs support the
comprehensive development of children from birth to age 5.
• Title 1 is a federally-funded program for
4 year old children, who, based upon assessment information, are
at-risk of failing to meet North Carolina's academic achievement
standards as determined by various educationally- related