Early Intervention Program
for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
(Part C of IDEA)
- Overview to the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C) under IDEA
- Minimum Components required under IDEA of a statewide, comprehensive system of early intervention services
- Lead Agencies for the Part C Early Intervention Program in each state and participating jurisdiction
- National Program Data – Annual federal appropriations and number of children served (updated May 10, 2013) – See also, Part C Appropriations and Child Count 1987-2012 (updated May 3, 2013)
- Data Tables – Section 618 of IDEA requires states to annually collect and report data for Part C: child count, settings for early intervention services, numbers of and reasons for children exiting services, counts of services and service categories. Data is also shown by race/ethnicity.
Federal Law, Regulations and Policy Letters
States' Part C Rules, Regulations and Policies
The ECTA Center has collected a list of links to states' rules, regulations and policies for implementing Part C of IDEA. If your state has similar resources available online, please contact Sue Goode to add them to our list.
Extended Part C Option
(See Extended Part C Option)
Part C SPP/APRs
Part C State Grants
Reports from The National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS)
Overview to the Part C Program Under IDEA
Congress established this program in 1986 in recognition of "an urgent and substantial need" to:
- enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities;
- reduce educational costs by minimizing the need for special education through early intervention;
- minimize the likelihood of institutionalization, and maximize independent living; and,
- enhance the capacity of families to meet their child's needs.
The Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA) is a federal grant program that assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth through age 2 years, and their families. In order for a state to participate in the program it must assure that early intervention will be available to every eligible child and its family. Also, the
governor must designate a lead agency to receive the grant and administer the program, and appoint an Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC), including parents of young children with disabilities, to advise and assist the lead agency. Currently, all states and eligible territories are participating in the Part C program. Annual funding to each state is based upon census figures of the number of children, birth through 2, in the general population.
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