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early intervention results for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, was excessive and may not result in better services. The commenter further recommended that every effort be made to clarify and minimize the words in this paragraph to better focus on direct services, child and family outcomes, and the IFSP process and service implementation.

Discussion: Section 303.700(b) incorporates the language from section 616(a)(2) of the Act (as modified by section 642 of the Act), regarding the primary focus of Federal and State monitoring. State monitoring requirements are addressed in more detail, including the areas mentioned by the commenter, through the SPP/APR process. For example,

as part of the SPP/APR process, the Secretary has established monitoring priorities and indicators for States that reflect the goals of improving early intervention results and functional outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities while ensuring that EIS programs comply with key Part C requirements, including those relating to the timely provision of early intervention services, child outcomes, family capacity, timely evaluations, assessments, initial IFSP development, and transition. Thus, the

revisions to §303.700(b) recommended by the commenter are

not necessary.