Eligibility Policies and Practices for Young Children Under Part B of IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) expanded the options that state and local education agencies have to identify young children with disabilities. This article offers Disabilities Specialists, Head Start staff and parents, and Related Service Providers tables of the Part B disability categories currently included in IDEA and the Part B regulations for developmental delay. Additionally, it summarizes an analysis of current eligibility classifications and criteria, completed by the author at the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC).

The following article is provided courtesy of The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC).

The identification of young children in need of special education and related services has been an issue with advocates, service providers, parents, researchers, and policy makers for years. The enactment in 1975 of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P. L. 94-142) required states and jurisdictions to provide special education and related services to children identified by the disability categories enumerated in the law (hereinafter referred to as Part B categories). This hard-won legislation was deemed an important civil rights act for children with disabilities, and it was important to specify just who was protected by this law. More>> [PDF, 189KB]

"Eligibility Policies and Practices for Young Children Under Part B of IDEA." Danaher, J. NECTAC Notes, Issue No. 15. National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center. ED/OSERS/OSEP. 2005. English. [PDF, 189KB].

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