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Part C of the Act for State reporting in the SPP/APR, and, through the OMB public review process for information collections, has solicited public comments on these indicators several times since the 2004 amendments to the Act. These indicators address critical, substantive requirements of Part C of the Act, including those relating to child find for children ages birth to one year and birth to three years; provision of early intervention services in natural environments; early intervention child outcomes; family capacity; timely initial evaluations, assessments and IFSP development; timely service provision; and transition services. While not specifically included as an

SPP/APR indicator, the Department’s position is that public

awareness is covered under the two child find indicators. For example, a State must have an effective public awareness program to ensure that eligible infants and toddlers are identified for early intervention services.

Finally, issues related to family outcomes are adequately addressed by the SPP/APR indicator that measures family capacity because that indicator is designed to evaluate whether families know their rights, can effectively communicate their needs, and can assist their children to develop and learn. Moreover, we believe that it is not appropriate to include in these regulations any