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must choose a date between October 1st and December 1st of each year and collect point-in-time child count and settings data on that date. To ensure consistency, States are encouraged to use the same date from year to year. We believe it is appropriate to continue to require States to report point-in-time data on child count and settings because the Department has required point-in-time data

under Part C of the Act since 1992. Revising this standard

would impose burdens on States as they would need to redesign their data collection systems, and it also would

affect the Department’s ability to compare data from

multiple years and develop trend data. While States are

not required to submit cumulative child count data, they may provide such additional information in the child count data information collection form (Table 1 -- Report of Children Receiving Early Intervention Services in Accordance with Part C).

Concerning combining due dates for State submissions

required under section 618 of the Act and §303.721, States

currently have two submission dates, one for child count data and service setting data and a second for child exit and dispute resolution data. The child count and service setting data are point-in-time collections taken on a date between October 1 and December 1 and due the following