IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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that the lead agency must notify the SEA and the LEA where the child resides in the case of a toddler who may be eligible for preschool services under Part B of the Act.
Comment: A few commenters requested clarification in
§303.209 of the lead agency’s transition responsibilities
when a child is referred “late” to the Part C program
(i.e., less than 45 or 90 days prior to the child’s third
birthday). A few commenters expressed concern that the
reference to a child’s “third birthday” in the LEA
notification provision in proposed §303.209(b)(2)(i) may
interfere with State-established transition policies and
may disrupt many existing options that have been carefully crafted by States and local communities to ensure seamless transitions from the Part C program to the Part B program.
Discussion: We agree that it is important to clarify the transition requirements that apply when a child is referred to or determined eligible for the Part C program fewer than
90 days before the child’s third birthday. Given the 45-
day timeline requirement in new §303.310, we have added
paragraphs (b)(1)(i) and (b)(1)(ii) to new §303.209 to
address the commenters’ concerns.
Specifically, new §303.209(b)(1)(ii) clarifies that if
a child is referred and determined eligible for services under Part C of the Act between 90 and 45 days before the