Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) on Preschool Least Restrictive Environments (January 9, 2017) Office of Special Education Programs - This letter provides updated guidance and clarification on: Key Statutory and Regulatory Requirements, Preschool Placement Options, Reporting Educational Environments Data for Preschool Children with Disabilities, and Use of IDEA Part B Funds for Preschool Children with Disabilities. It reaffirms OSEP's position that all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs where they are provided with individualized and appropriate supports to enable them to meet high expectations.
IDEAS That Work (updated regularly) - This website provides access to information, research-based products, publications, and other resources from research to practice initiatives funded by OSEP that address the provisions of the IDEA and the ESSA.
IDEA National Assessment Implementation Study: Final
Report (2011) - This report from the Institute of Education Sciences,
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, provides a national picture of state agency
implementation of early intervention programs for infants and toddlers (IDEA Part C) and both state and school district implementation
of special education programs for preschool- and school-age children (IDEA Part B). It is based on surveys of state agency
directors and a nationally representative sample of district special education directors conducted in 2009.