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ADDITIONAL CHILD AND FAMILY INITIATIVES

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Overview

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 7 million eligible children and youth with disabilities across the country.

IDEA Part C focuses specifically on early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities from birth to age 3, and IDEA Part B, Section 619, authorizes supplementary grants to states for preschool programs serving children with disabilities ages 3 through 5.

Programs for young children with disabilities play a significant role in their development, which is particularly important when it comes to ensuring young children are ready for kindergarten and beyond.

Unfortunately, funding for Part C and Part B, Section 619 has not kept pace with the number of students requiring services. IDEA Part B Preschool Grants are funded at $420 million, an increase of $10.45 million over FY 2022. IDEA Part C Grants for Infants and Families are funded at $540 million, an increase of $43.69 million over FY 2022.

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Report Highlights Unequal Access to Special Education Services

June 1, 2023

Recently, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released “State[s] of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education: Looking at Equity,” a report that finds that not all young …

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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Overview

March 2, 2023

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 7 million eligible children and youth with disabilities across …

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New GAO Report Highlights IDEA Early Intervention Programs

October 27, 2023

The report identified various challenges, including varying eligibility criteria, staffing shortages, and limited data collection, and concluded with several recommendations for Congress. The first few years of life are critical …

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FFYF Executive Director Sarah Rittling Testifies Before Key House Committee On Child Care Funding

March 23, 2023

WASHINGTON – Today, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Sarah Rittling appeared before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) to testify about …

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FFYF, Major Organizations Call for Increased Funding for Child Care Programs in FY24 Appropriations

March 20, 2023

WASHINGTON – Today, the First Five Years Fund (FFYF) and a coalition of 44 major early education advocacy organizations wrote to Congressional appropriators calling for increased funding for federal early learning and care …

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