Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

IDEA 2004 topic editors: Joan Danaher and Sue Goode

Most recent additions to this page:

  • 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.

(See also, our related IDEA Part C and Part B/Section 619 Web pages)

OSEP Resources - IDEA 2004

Policy Letters of Clarification from OSEP

(See OSEP Policy Letters of Clarification Related to Part C and Section 619)

Federal Statute

Federal Regulations

(See also, our related IDEA Part C and Part B/Section 619 Web pages)

Summaries of IDEA 2004

Data on the Implementation of the Early Childhood Provisions of IDEA

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
  • fax: 919.966.7463
  • email:

The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P120002 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

  • FPG Child Development Institute
  • OSEP's TA&D Network:IDEAs that Work