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regarding the child find system including a system for making referrals to lead agencies and EIS providers.

Changes: We have replaced the reference to “public

agencies,” in new §303.302(a)(2) (proposed §303.301(a)(2)),

with a reference to “lead agencies or EIS providers”.

Comment: A few commenters requested that the Department

define the term “rigorous,” as that term is used to modify

“standards for appropriately identifying infants and

toddlers with disabilities under this part that will reduce

the need for future services” in new §303.302(a)(3)

(proposed §303.301(a)(3)). These commenters asked the

Department to provide specific guidance on how to define this term to avoid arbitrary and conflicting applications of the standards.

Discussion: New §303.302(a)(3) (proposed §303.301(a)(3)),

consistent with section 635(a)(5) of the Act, requires that

each State’s Part C child find system include rigorous

standards for appropriately identifying infants and toddlers with disabilities for early intervention services that reduce the need for future services. We interpret the

term “rigorous” in this section to mean that the State has

obtained public (including stakeholder) input on its child find system policies and procedures that are required in

§§303.101(a)(2), 303.115, and 303.116. Requiring public