Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) will be implemented as soon as possible after the IFSP meeting by modifying the child’s program in accordance with the IFSP and arranging for the provision of related services. If a child enters Head Start with an IFSP completed within two months prior to entry, services must begin within the first two weeks of program attendance. All IFSP meetings and services will be documented in child’s electronic file.


  1. Early Childhood CARES provides copies of all required paperwork to Head Start.
  2. Early Childhood Education Coordinator (ECEC) or EHS Specialist will ensure necessary papers are scanned and placed in child’s electronic file.
  3. ECEC will ensure that IFSP information is entered in the Disabilities domain of child’s electronic file.
  4. Regional Mangers and ECECs will run monthly reports to track referrals and meeting dates.
  5. Early Childhood CARES provides Community Preschool Program Handbooks to each site with tabs for each child receiving early childhood special education (ECSE) services.
  6. ECEC will monitor to ensure services provided match the cover sheet of IFSP. In the event that services do not match, ECEC will coordinate with family and ECSE specialist to remove barriers to services.
  7. Classroom staff will consult with ECSE specialist regarding implementation of IFSP and individualization of services to child.
  8. Additional consultant notes may be placed in the notebook to be added to child’s assessment or Child Plus file at end of each quarter by educational staff.

This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45CFR Section 1302.53(a)(b), 1302.61

It was approved by Policy Council on October 14, 1997.
Updated July 26, 1999. August 11, 2005. June 2008. October 2010. October 2012. July 2013. August 2017. August 2018

REVIEWED: June 2021

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