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the IFSP include, as appropriate, steps for the toddler with a disability and his or her family to exit from the program. The commenter stated that IFSP Teams should not have the discretion to determine which elements of a transition plan are appropriate.

Discussion: The phrase “as appropriate” is included in

section 637(a)(9)(C) of the Act, the statutory authority

for §303.209(d)(3). Section 303.209(d)(3)(i) requires the

transition plan to include certain steps for the toddler with a disability and his or her family to exit from the Part C program. Section 636(a)(3) of the Act, regarding IFSP content requirements, was modified in 2004 to require that the IFSP identify the appropriate transition services for an infant or toddler. Section 303.209(d)(3) clarifies that the requirements in that section must be read in

conjunction with §303.344(h), which requires the IFSP to

include steps to support the transition to one of the

following: preschool services under Part B of the Act;

elementary school or preschool services for children

participating under a State’s option in §303.211 to provide

early intervention services to children ages three and older; early education, Head Start, and Early Head Start or

child care programs; or other appropriate services. The

transition steps appropriate for a toddler with a