IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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educational component that promotes school readiness and incorporates pre-literacy, language, and numeracy skills for children who are at least three years of age. The commenters stated that this requirement seemed to apply to any preschooler that has an IFSP and stated that the requirement was inconsistent with several provisions in the Part B regulations in 34 CFR Part 300. Specifically, the
commenters stated that §303.344(d)(4) was inconsistent with
34 CFR 300.323(b), regarding when an IFSP may serve as the IEP for children with disabilities aged three through five.
Additionally, the commenters stated that §300.320 does not
explicitly require that the IEPs of children with disabilities in preschool include these IFSP content components. Another commenter stated that requiring an educational component in every IFSP of a child aged three through five is inappropriate because IFSP Teams must determine the individual needs of a child with a disability. One commenter requested that the Department
clarify that the requirements in §303.344(d)(4) only apply
to States that elect to serve children past age three.
Discussion: The requirement in §303.344(d)(4) that IFSPs
include, for children who are at least three years of age, an educational component that promotes school readiness and incorporates pre-literacy, language, and numeracy skills is