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(iii)), regarding the assessment of the family. One commenter stated that the requirement to conduct a family

assessment before determining an infant or toddler’s

eligibility presents an undue and unnecessary burden on State Part C programs. The commenter recommended that language be added to the regulations to ensure that family assessments do not have to be conducted unless an infant or toddler is determined to be eligible for early intervention services. Two commenters requested that we revise this section to clarify the assessments that must be conducted as part of an initial evaluation of a child referred under this part.

Discussion: An assessment of a child and family as defined

in new §303.321(a)(1), (a)(2)(ii), (a)(3), (a)(4), and (c)

(proposed §303.320(a)(1), (a)(2)(iii), (a)(3)(b), and (c))

is only required if the child is determined to be eligible to receive services under this part. We have added

language to new §303.321(a)(1)(ii) (proposed §303.320(a)(1)

(ii) and (a)(1)(iii)) to make this clear.

Changes: We have revised the introduction to new

§303.321(a)(1)(ii) (proposed §303.320(a)(1)(ii) and (a)(1)

(iii)) to read “If the child is determined eligible as an

infant or toddler with a disability as defined in §303.21.”

Comment: Several commenters expressed concern that