Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes


Finance topic editor: Katy McCullough

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(See also our related IDEA Part C and Inclusion: Financing Strategies and Collaborative Funding topics.)

An adequate, stable funding base is required to insure effective and responsive systems of services and supports for young children with or at-risk of disabilities and their families. Resources from the national, state, and community levels must be combined to support these systems of early intervention and preschool services. Careful attention needs to be given when assembling or modifying such an interagency funding system.

System planners and program administrators face challenges in understanding and using these resources, combining them for the benefit of children and families, and fully funding their systems of services and supports. The ECTA Center Finance topical section provides information on funding resources, tools to aid in combining as many of these resources as necessary in states and communities, and the specific financing provisions in IDEA, Parts B and C, legislation and regulations.

We will continue to add information to this site to enable program managers and family advocates to meet the individualized needs of young children and their families. The ECTA Center welcomes your feedback and suggestions to make the site responsive to your needs.

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