Early Head Start staff are responsible for facilitating the transition process from Early Head Start into Head Start or other high quality programs and support services. A smooth transition is important to ensure each child continues to receive enriching early child development services and each family continues to receive the support services necessary to promote healthy family development.

To ensure the most appropriate placement and services following participation in Early Head Start, transition planning must take place for each child and family at least six months prior to the child’s third birthday.

The process must take into account; the child’s health status and developmental level, progress made by the child and family while in Early Head Start, current and changing family circumstances, and the availability of Head Start and other child development services in the community.


  1. The Teacher/ Home Visitor initiates the transition process at least 6 months prior to each child’s 3rd birthday for each child on their case load.
  2. As appropriate, a child may remain in Early Head Start, following their third birthday, for additional months until he or she can transition into Head Start or another program.
  3. The Teacher/Home Visitor opens the “EHS Transition” Event in the Education Domain of ChildPlus and completes the checklist items listed within the event.
    1. Throughout the transition planning it is important to maintain partnership with the family. The EHS Family Transition Plan, located in the EHS transition tab in the Education Domain of ChildPlus, will be completed in partnership with parents and any other service providers involved with the child and/or parents, including health care providers, DHS, Early Childhood CARES, mental health providers.
      1. If HSOLC is one of the options the family is considering, income eligibility must be redetermined to qualify for Head Start.
  4. Teacher/Home Visitor notifies EHS Support Staff and ERSEA Manager that the EHS Transition tab in the Education Domain of ChildPlus is complete.
  5. Update ChildPlus within seven days of the child’s last day of attendance.
  6. Arrange a good bye day for the child in the current classroom and a visit to the receiving classroom if appropriate.
  7. Whenever possible, EHS staff will schedule and complete a transition meeting with the receiving teaching team to share important information and coordinate transition planning.
  8. If there are Special Diet or Medical concerns, the Teacher/Home Visitor will notify the appropriate Manager/Consultant prior to the child’s transition into a new Head Start classroom.

This meets Performance Standards, Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations: 1302.70

Approved by Policy Council October 2012. April 2018
Updated: March 2018

2018. Head Start of Lane County