Q&A: IDEA and child care

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This 4-page brief explains the basics of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to child care providers, including early intervention for children under the age of 3 and special education and related services for school-aged children. It also describes how each child receiving services under IDEA must have an individualized service/education plan (an IFSP for babies and toddlers, or an IEP for children in school), and answers the question “What role can child care providers play in the IEP/IFSP process?”  Other questions and answers focus on the legal rights and responsibilities of child care providers with respect to IDEA and children with disabilities. (posted January 4, 2013)

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