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2011 Legislative Priorities

Alaska Transition Training Initiative

What: The Alaska Transition Training Initiative is focused on aiding the transitions of young children who have been in early intervention or infant learning programs to preschool in a smooth and sustained manner. This will also ensure compliance with the annual federal indicator, as schools will now be prepared to meet the needs of children who have been in Early Intervention or Infant Learning Programs (EI/ILP) by federal standards.

Why: The GF/MH grant for this initiative is in the amount of $100,000, which assists rural communities in their involvement, provides more workshops in more places, and increases the number of communities involved from three to seven, so that more communities are adequately prepared to meet the needs of children in transition as per a local system. It is projected that 700 Alaskans with developmental disabilities will be served by this expansion.