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and (2) A family-directed assessment of the resources, priorities, and concerns of the family and the identification of the supports and services necessary to enhance the family's capacity to meet the developmental needs of the infant or toddler.

In making these revisions to the definitions of evaluation and assessment, we determined it was also

appropriate to clarify what is meant by the terms “initial

evaluation” and “initial assessment.” Other sections of

these regulations, particularly in the context of the 45-

day timeline reflected in new §303.310 (proposed

§303.320(e)), often refer to the initial evaluation and the

initial assessment. For this reason, we have clarified in

new §303.321(a)(2)(i) that the term “initial evaluation”

refers to the child’s evaluation to determine his or her

initial eligibility under this part. We have clarified in

new §303.321(a)(2)(ii) that the term “initial assessment”

refers to assessments of the child and the family conducted

prior to the child’s initial IFSP meeting, both of which

must be conducted within the 45-day timeline described in

new §303.310 (proposed §303.320(e)), even if family members

other than the parent agree to participate but are unavailable to complete the family assessment. We do not believe that these definitions are new concepts under the