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IDEA Requirements for Coordinated Services

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its regulations provide guidance for the coordination of services for young children, birth through five, with disabilities and their families.

The Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program (Part C of the Act) requires the Development of a "statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency system" of services WWW: (20 U.S.C.§ 631(b)). The Part C regulations for IDEA 2004 are pending. The current regulations provide:

Regulations have been promulgated for Part B of IDEA 2004. The 2004 WWW: Regulations for Part B contain these requirements for coordination:

Although not explicit in the regulations, there is a need for the Preschool Program to coordinate with other programs, especially at the Local Education Agency level, as three and four year old children often receive special education and related services from the school in programs outside the local school system, such as Head Start, Child Care, and other inclusive preschool settings.

Part B regulations require Local Education Agencies to:

PDF: Interagency Coordination data from the Section 619 Profile, 16th edition (2008)

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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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