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Preparing for the IFSP

Every child who receives services from Early Childhood CARES has an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). This plan is developed with the child’s team once a year and reviewed in the middle of the year. The IFSP describes the child’s current skills and the skills the team wants the child to learn in the coming year. The IFSP identifies the services the child will receive to meet these goals, who will provide the services and where they will occur.

Here are the steps parents can take to prepare for an IFSP:

  • Identify your child’s strengths and interests. What does your child like to do?
  • Decide what you want your child to learn this year. Check out possible goals for both younger and older children.Think about your concerns and how Early Childhood CARES can help you address these concerns.
  • Determine how you would like to be involved in your child’s learning and services. Some suggestions are found under Resources for Family Goals.
  • Download, print and complete one of the following IFSP preparation documents and bring it to your meeting.

IFSP Preparation for Babies

IFSP Preparation for Preschoolers



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