ERIC Number: ED343677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Serving Children with Disabilities in Chapter 1 Programs for Children Who Are Educationally Deprived. Policy and Practice in Early Childhood Special Education Series.
Rose, Deborah F.; Smith, Barbara J.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates special education and related services to be delivered in the least restrictive environment to preschoolers with disabilities. The act also mandates that educators and administrators find appropriate educational placements for children who are entitled to receive a free public education. This report summarizes findings from a national survey and subsequent case studies related to federal, state, and local policies that present barriers to preschool mainstreaming. Survey and case study respondents cited policy barriers related to interpretations of policies and policy requirements. This paper focuses on Chapter 1 regulations and clarifies the process of including Chapter 1 preschool services in the least restrictive environment for children with disabilities and their families. Definitions in Chapter 1 and the IDEA statute are compared for the following terms: preschool children, educationally deprived children, children with disabilities, free public education, free appropriate public education, and desired outcomes. The intent of each statute is discussed, as are several federal clarifications regarding eligibility and service delivery. It is concluded that under certain conditions, a preschooler with a disability may be placed in a program or class that is funded by Chapter 1 for the purpose of providing the child with an integrated or mainstreamed placement. (LB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Case Studies, Child Advocacy, Compliance (Legal), Definitions, Disabilities, Educationally Disadvantaged, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, High Risk Students, Individualized Education Programs, Intervention, Mainstreaming, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Public Education, Public Policy, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Student Placement
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Allegheny-Singer Research Inst., Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act