IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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settings or examples of community settings, it would not be appropriate or practicable to include a list of every setting that may be the natural environment for a particular child or those settings that may not be natural
environments in these regulations.1 In some circumstances,
a setting that is natural for one eligible child based on
that child’s outcomes, family routines, or the nature of
the service may not be natural for another child. As
further discussed in §303.344(d)(1) of the Analysis of
Comments and Changes for subpart D, the decision about whether an environment is the natural environment is an
individualized decision made by an infant’s or toddler’s
IFSP Team, which includes the parent. Additionally, a variety of community settings exist that may be natural environments, and we do not wish to limit the types of service settings that the IFSP Team may consider appropriate. Thus, we have not added a list of settings or specific community-based settings as requested by commenters.
We appreciate the commenters’ requests for
clarification as to whether clinics, hospitals, or a
1Lead agencies currently provide data on service settings under
Information Collection 1820-0578. Examples of community settings identified in response to this information collection include: child care centers (including family day care), preschools, regular nursery schools, early childhood centers, libraries, grocery stores, parks, restaurants, and community centers (e.g., YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs).