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critical for the Part C program, it is appropriate to

establish in §303.208 the minimum steps States must take to

ensure meaningful public participation. This will ensure that all States participating in the Part C program have procedures that are consistent at least with the

requirements in §303.208.

Finally, when referring to the “general public,”

§303.208 specifically lists “parents of infants and

toddlers with disabilities.” The definition of the term

parent, as used in these regulations, includes foster

parents, guardians authorized to act as a child’s parent,

caregivers who are individuals acting in the place of a biological parent with whom the child is living, or surrogate parents who have been appointed in accordance

with §303.422. Therefore, adding a reference to foster

parents and caregivers in this section is not necessary.

Changes: We have restructured §303.208 to clarify the

applicability of the public participation requirements to

(a) the State’s Part C application, and (b) the State’s

policies and procedures (including any revision to an existing policy or procedure) that are necessary to comply with Part C of the Act.

Finally, as described in the discussion of new

§303.101(c) earlier in this preamble, we have moved the