Head Start programs are expected to ensure that 10% of their actual enrollment are children eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Find answers to common questions here.
This resource collection relates to the federal law that guarantees early intervention and early childhood special education services for children with disabilities from birth to age 5. IDEA regulations apply to children in Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) programs across all program options, including center-based, home-based, family child care, and locally designed options. They also apply to all child care partners who serve EHS children.
Learn how program staff can partner with families to support them in navigating the process of referral and evaluation for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act services.
Explore strategies that program staff can use to support and engage families in ongoing conversations about their child's development.
Hear from programs that have formed successful collaborative relationships with their IDEA partners and explore the innovative and effective activities these partners are engaging in.
This webinar covers effective partnership agreements and how to develop and maintain them. These agreements lead to productive relationships between Head Start programs and IDEA agencies.
This webinar discusses strategies for Head Start staff to build, support, and maintain collaborative relationships with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) partners.
Guidance on Creating an Effective Memorandum of Understanding to Support High-quality Inclusive Early Childhood Systems
This resource provides guidance to create and review sustainable memoranda of understanding that ensure appropriate services and programs are in place to benefit children with disabilities and their families.
Learn how to effectively partner with families of children with disabilities. This partnership not only promotes children’s learning and development, but also supports family learning, advocacy, and leadership skills.
Read new documents to encourage Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) collaboration between state agencies, local agencies, and Head Start programs.
This vignette provides guidance for supporting children who do not qualify for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) services.