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of “culturally competent services” to meet the unique needs

of their populations.

Changes: None.

Comment: A few commenters requested that §303.227 require

States to identify and address barriers faced by homeless children and other traditionally underserved populations when attempting to participate in Part C programs.

Discussion: We appreciate the commenter’s concerns

regarding barriers faced by homeless children and other traditionally underserved populations when attempting to

participate in Part C programs, but it is the Department’s

position that it is unnecessary and inappropriate to add language to these regulations to require States to identify and address those barriers. This subject is more appropriately addressed through technical assistance and guidance so that the Department can work collaboratively with States to assist each State to identify the traditionally underserved populations that are specific to the State, meet the needs of homeless children and the infants and toddlers with disabilities in the identified populations, and address the barriers to service for homeless children and infants and toddlers with disabilities in the identified populations. Additionally, the McKinney-Vento Act offers a number of protections to