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The Welcome to Early Supports & Services (ESS) orientation provides the basic information needed to be a service coordinator in the NH Part C of IDEA program in NH known as "Family-Centered Early Supports and Services". It also introduces the participant to the concepts upon which the ESS program is based: family centeredness, the provision of services in natural environments, eligibility determination, the IFSP development process, and the transition process out of ESS when the child turns 3 years of age. Completion of orientation is required for all ESS Service Providers, ESS Service Coordinators, and AA ESS Intake Coordinators. Other interested persons including family members and students are invited to participate if they would like.

In order to satisfactorily complete the orientation, the participants must:

  1. Complete each of the modules and their quiz listed below prior to the orientation.
  2. Ask their supervisor to sign-off on the "Supervisor Sign-Off" sheet attached below. The "Supervisor Sign-Off" sheet must be forwarded to the orientation coordinator prior to the orientation day to assure that the participant will receive a completion certificate. A completion certificate will be provided upon completion of an evaluation survey sent electronically following the session.
  3. Attend the entire 1 day Orientation Session.

The orientation is just one day and scheduled for the following dates: Thursday October 18, 2018 and week of May 6, 2019 (exact date to be determined). To register, please contact the Orientation Coordinator Pam Miller Sallet.

Study Modules



Eligibility Determination

Family-Centered Services

IFSP Development


Service Coordination


Programs and Agencies Providing Statewide Services

  • NH Family Voices, a statewide family to family health support organization, (see "Maneuvering Through the Maze" under publications for an extensive list of resources)
  • Parent Information Center, helps parents support their children’s success in school and in life (see "special education" and "PIRC literacy resources")
  • Special Medical Services, a statewide program providing supports and services to children with special health care needs, including feeding/swallowing/nutrition services, child developmental evaluation clinics, neuro-motor clinics
  • NH Child Care Resource and Referral Network, a statewide organization that promotes the quality and availability of child care for NH families
  • NH Association of Infant Mental Health, a statewide organization that disseminates information and provides education about research and evidence-informed practices to strengthen collaborative efforts in support of families with infants and young children

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