Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Part C Eligibility

Page Editor: Evelyn Shaw

Part C eligibility is determined by each state's definition of developmental delay and includes children with established physical or mental conditions with a high probability of resulting in developmental delay and includes conditions such as chromosomal abnormalities; genetic or congenital disorders; sensory impairments; inborn errors of metabolism; disorders reflecting disturbance of the development of the nervous system; congenital infections; severe attachment disorders; and disorders secondary to exposure to toxic substances, including fetal alcohol syndrome. States may choose to include children at risk for disabilities in the eligible group (§303.21). An important part of the evaluation process for infants and toddlers includes informed clinical opinion of professionals experienced with development in the very young.

Most recent addition to this page:

  • WWW: Identify Meaningful Differences in Child Find - This resource offers an Excel-based calculator that allows states to make several comparisons related to the percentage of infants and toddlers served: State percentage compared to state target, local program percentage compared to state target, and year-to-year comparisons of the state percentages. It also computes confidence intervals to determines whether the difference between the two numbers is large enough to be considered meaningful (i.e., statistically significant). (2018)
  • IDEAs that Work: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

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 H326P170001 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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