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2. Expands the definition of “infants and toddlers.”
The term “infant or toddler with a disability” may also include, at a state’s discretion, … children with disabilities who are eligible for services under Section 619 and who previously received services under Part C until such children enter, or are eligible under state law to enter, kindergarten or elementary school, as appropriate, provided that any programs under Part C serving such children shall include:
  • An educational component that promotes school readiness and incorporates preliteracy, language, and numeracy skills; and
  • A written notification to parents of their rights and responsibilities in determining whether their child will continue to receive services under Part C or participate in preschool programs under Section 619.

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. What might be some of the implications of expanding the definition of infants and toddlers to include 3 and 4 year olds?

  2. How might this new option impact child care arrangements for families?

  3. How might this new option impact families’ financial status?

Application Questions

  1. Might the inclusion of 3 and 4 year-olds in the Part C program have any unanticipated consequences (e.g. policy) regarding eligibility and/or funding for other programs and services?

  2. How might SEAs and Part C agencies collaborate to address the new definition changes?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: National Health Organization
    Location: Ohio
    Role: Related Services Provider
    Location: Ohio
    Role: Researcher
    Location: Kentucky
    Role: National TA Provider
    Location: North Carolina
    Role: Early Childhood Provider
    Location: Kansas