The INSPIRE ACTION framework was developed to assist those responsible for administrative oversight of local early childhood special education programs to identify and celebrate strong program components and to identify those program components most in need of improvement. The development was sparked by recognition that many local program leaders (e.g., Directors of Special Education, elementary principals, some special education coordinators) have limited knowledge of early childhood special education and are unable to consistently determine the presence or absence of ECSE program quality.



Transition includes all activities necessary to ensure that the next setting is appropriate to meet the educational needs of young children and their families. It can occur at various times in a young child’s educational life. For purposes of this component, transition includes:

  • The period between two years, three months and two years, nine months in which the IFSP team plans the transition of the child from early intervention to services under Part B or to other community-based services.
  • Transition from ECSE to Kindergarten.
  • Transition necessary when a child moves from one ECSE setting or program to another based on parent choice, educational need or relocation of the family.
  • Transition necessary because of program structure. For example, transition between an evaluation team and the serving team or transition when administrative right of work assignment results in changes of the membership of service teams.


Professional Standards

  • MN Statute
  • DEC Recommended Practices
    DEC Recommended Practices are a DEC initiative that bridges the gap between research and practice, offering guidance to parents and professionals who work with young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities.
  • Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs)
    The ECIPs are Minnesota’s early learning standards. Revised and expanded in 2016, these standards are a framework for a common set of developmentally appropriate expectations for children ages birth to kindergarten, within a context of shared responsibility for helping children meet these expectations. The ECIPs are aligned to the Minnesota Kindergarten Academic Standards.


Foundational Resources: Understand the Basics


Readiness Resources: Deepen Knowledge and Prepare to Implement


Implementation Resources: Apply and Practice


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