ERIC Number: ED368115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Providing Public Education Services to Young Children with Disabilities in Community-Based Programs: Who's Responsible for What? Policy and Practice in Early Childhood Special Education Series.
Rose, Deborah F.; Smith, Barbara J.
As public school personnel struggle to provide preschool-age children with disabilities with high quality, normalized or inclusive preschool experiences, there is an increased need for collaboration with community-based early childhood providers. This paper addresses the federal legal requirements for public school, Head Start, and community-based early childhood personnel, as well as the rights of parents related particularly to public education services to young children (ages 3-5) with disabilities in community-based programs. Three federal laws are reviewed: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Head Start Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The legal responsibilities of public school personnel, child care providers, Head Start grantees, and parents are specifically discussed for the following areas: (1) individualized educational placements, (2) eligibility, (3) supervision of service delivery, and (4) financial responsibility. The paper concludes that effective inclusive programs are the result of collaborative partnerships. An appendix lists seven organizational resources for information on early childhood policies and programs. (DB)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Agency Cooperation, Civil Rights Legislation, Community Programs, Compliance (Legal), Day Care Centers, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Educational Legislation, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Individualized Education Programs, Legal Responsibility, Mainstreaming, Parent Rights, Parent Role, Public Education, Social Integration, Student Placement, Supervision, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research Inst. on Preschool Mainstreaming, Pittsburgh, PA.; Saint Peter's Child Development Centers, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Inclusive Schools; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Project Head Start