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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is a United States federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities.

Welcome to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs’ (OSEP’s) Part C of the IDEA website.

This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations, announced on September 6, 2011. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available. When fully implemented, the site will provide searchable versions of IDEA and the regulations, access to cross-referenced content from other laws (e.g., the Head Start Act, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), etc.), webinars on selected topics, non-regulatory guidance, links to OSEP's Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network, a Q&A Corner where you can submit questions, and a variety of other information sources. As items are completed and added to this site, we invite you to grow and learn with us as we implement these regulations.

On September 6, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of the final regulations for the early intervention program under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These final regulations will help improve services and outcomes for America's infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

Part C is a $436 million program administered by States that serves infants and toddlers through age 2 with developmental delays or who have diagnosed physical or mental conditions with high probabilities of resulting in developmental delays.

The final Part C regulations incorporate provisions in the 2004 amendments to Part C of the IDEA. Additionally, the final regulations provide States with flexibility in some areas, while ensuring State accountability to improve results and providing needed services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The regulations focus on measuring and improving outcomes for the approximately 350,000 children served by the Part C program with the goal of ensuring that such children are ready for preschool and kindergarten.

“As everyone who works in education understands, one of the most important things we can offer children is a high-quality early learning experience that prepares them for kindergarten,” said U. S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. “This is true for all children – but it’s especially important for infants and toddlers with disabilities to have access to high-quality early intervention services that prepare them to successfully transition to preschool and kindergarten. The Part C regulations will support the Education Department’s commitment to the goal of preparing more children with high needs with a strong foundation for success in school and beyond.”

Note that this document has been delivered to the Office of the Federal Register but has not yet been scheduled for publication.  The official version of this document is the document that is published in the Federal Register.

  • Announcing two new IDEA Part C Training Curriculum modules:

    Module 8 | The Transition Process and Lead Agency Notification to the LEA and SEA

    Module 9 | Development of the Transition Plan

  • Non Regulatory Guidance and Supporting Documents for the new Part C regulations

    Click here for materials from the November 16, 2011 Part C regulations training. Read these documents as you prepare your applications and revise your policies.

  • Posny remarks on IDEA Part C Final Regulations

    Click here to view the September 26, 2011 video of OSERS Assistant Secretary Alexa Posny's remarks on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C final regulations, highlighting key changes.

  • Model IFSP Form

    Click here to access a copy of the Model IFSP Form.

  • Stay tuned for more information on training and guidance