The focus topic for May is Supporting the Kindergarten Transition Process. Although most classrooms have been implementing progress monitoring throughout the year, it is important to use the data from progress monitoring to inform the IEP team of supports that are needed to help children be successful in kindergarten. Although the month of May and the ending of the school year are especially busy times, information gathered for the Child Outcomes Summary process is not only useful, but important in providing data related to children’s skill development and needs for support.
The COS process emphasizes data that relates to functional skills across situations and settings, along with consideration of skills across a wide breadth of skill development across outcome areas. In addition, emphasis is placed on use of Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards in the determination of ranges of skill development. The information gained from progress monitoring data impacts our ability to identify strengths and needs of children across a variety of skills, and to develop plans to provide services and supports to increase their successes.
The resources listed below are a sampling of documents that provide an overview of information for both staff and families. Please feel free to share your own resources and ideas with your TATS Regional Facilitator so that your successes can be shared with other Early Childhood programs.
- Using COS Information during Kindergarten Transition
- Transition to K Resources from Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
- Tip Sheet for Transition to Kindergarten
- Top Ten Hints about Transition (All Aboard the Transition Train)
- Social Development for Kindergarten (from Head Start Inclusion)
- “Getting to Know About … ” Resources and fillable forms for home and school
- TATS Talks to Families – This section of the TATS website provides briefs for families of young children with information about programs, the Individual Educational Plan (IEP), and the transition process.
- Pre-K to Kindergarten flyer from FL Division of Early Learning
Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS) and Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) are pleased to introduce TATS and FIN Talk about Universal Design in Inclusive Early Childhood Environments. This magazine is a result of a collaborative project and contains five chapters which describe various strategies for supporting young children.
New information regarding Child Outcomes: Indicator 7: FL Child Outcomes Summary Process. Child Outcomes Summary Process (COS) is an exciting way of measuring and reporting the growth of our Pre-K students make. It supports evidence-based practices in developing goals, instruction, and progress monitoring. Indicator 7 (Child Outcomes Measures) Steps to Quality provides a fillable form for Step-by-step processes along with references to pages of the TATS Indicator 7 COS Manual.
Additional information can be found on TATS website in the section for State Indicator Resources.
The step-by-step guides for developing processes related to the requirements Indicators 6, 7, and 12 are included in the links listed below:
- Indicator 6 (Inclusion) Steps to Quality
- Indicator 7 (Child Outcomes Measures) Steps to Quality
- Indicator 12 (Transition)