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term “parental consent” in §303.342(e) is consistent with

the statutory language in section 636(e) of the Act (which

refers both to “parental consent” and “informed written

consent from the parents”) and the definition of consent in

§303.7. The term parental consent, as used in §303.342(e),

must meet the definition of consent in §303.7. (In this

case, the word “parental” modifies the term “consent,”

which has a specific definition in these regulations under

§303.7.) To further clarify, we have added cross-

references to §303.7, which requires that the parent

understand and agree in writing when giving consent, and

§303.420(a)(3), which requires the lead agency to ensure

that parental consent is obtained prior to providing early intervention services to a child. Also, in the interest of clarity and tracking statutory language, we have added the

word “written” to the phrase “informed consent.”

Changes: We have added in §303.342(e) cross-references to

§§303.7 and 303.420(a)(3) and revised the phrase “informed

consent” to include the word “written.”

Comment: In response to the 45-day timeline in new

§303.310 (proposed §303.320(e)) and the language in

§303.344(f)(1), regarding the timeline by which services

identified in a child’s IFSP must be initiated, a few

commenters requested that the regulations identify a