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requirements for EIS providers. We believe that section

635(a)(9) of the Act and §303.119(c) are, in conjunction

with State law or policy, sufficiently adequate to ensure that paraprofessionals and assistants are appropriately trained to assist in the provision of early intervention services made available under Part C of the Act.

Neither the Act nor the regulations prohibit a State from establishing a State certification for paraprofessionals or assistants who assist in the provision of early intervention services, so long as the requirements

in §303.119(c) are met. The Department’s position is that

it would not be appropriate to preclude a State from establishing a State certification for paraprofessionals or assistants who assist in the provision of early intervention services because specific certification and licensure requirements are best left to a State to determine.

For the purposes of Part C of the Act, paraprofessionals and assistants are individuals who assist in the provision of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities. We do not believe it is necessary to define these terms with greater specificity because defining these terms is best left to individual States based on their laws, regulations, and written