Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Preschool Special Education Services - Section 619

Section 619 topic editors: Joan Danaher and Sue Goode

Most recent additions to this page:

  • Amended Final Regulations under Part B of the IDEA were published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016. The regulations address issues related to significant disproportionality in the identification, placement, and discipline of students with disabilities based on race or ethnicity. They are effective January 18, 2017. The Department's Office of Civil Rights has also released policy guidance (Dear Colleague Letter, Fact Sheet, FAQs) on preventing racial discrimination in special education.
  • WWW: 2016 Part B SPP/APR Indicator Analyses: FFY 2014-2015 (posted 10/13/2016))
  • 30th Anniversary! Part C | Section 619
    IDEA Part C | Section 619 30th Anniversary Early Intervention Early Childhood Special Education #babyIDEAis30 October 2016 marks the 30th Anniversary of the passage of Public Law 99-457, which established Part C and mandated Part B, Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). OSEP celebrated this important occasion during the week of October 3-7, 2016, culminating in an Early Childhood IDEA Google Hangout - held on Friday, October 7th at 2:00pm EDT.

(See also, our related IDEA and Part C Web pages)

Section 619 Program Contact Information

Consortium of State IDEA 619 Coordinators

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A national organization of state leaders that represents the interests of young children with disabilities, ages 3 through 5.

National Reports on the Implementation of Section 619 of IDEA

  • WWW: IDEA National Assessment Implementation Study: Final Report (2011) Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE).
  • WWW: Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Special Education Research - PEELS followed a nationally representative sample of 3,104 children with disabilities who were 3 through 5 years of age in 2003-04. It looked at the characteristics of children receiving preschool special education services, the services they received, their transitions across educational levels, and their performance over time. Data collection began in Fall 2003 and was repeated in Winter 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009. WWW: View all PEELS reports here.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

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

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  • OSEP's TA&D Network:IDEAs that Work