IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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preschool services under Part B of the Act and not to all toddlers with disabilities.
The Part C lead agency establishes the State’s policy
regarding which children may be eligible for preschool services under Part B of the Act. In establishing this policy, the lead agency should review carefully, ideally in collaboration with the SEA, the eligibility definitions
under Parts B and C of the Act, including the State’s
definitions of developmental delay under both Parts B and C of the Act.
The determination of whether a toddler with a
disability is “potentially eligible” for services under
Part B of the Act is critical under both Parts C and B of the Act. It is the first step in ensuring a smooth transition for that toddler and family to services under Part B of the Act. When the LEA receives notice from the lead agency or an EIS provider that a specific toddler with a disability who has been receiving services under Part C of the Act may be eligible for services under Part B of the act, the LEA must treat this as a referral and provide parents with the procedural safeguards notice under 34 CFR 300.504(a)(1) and determine if an evaluation for eligibility must be conducted under Part B of the Act.
There are several reasons for limiting LEA