ERIC Number: ED353706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Comparison of Infant/Toddler and Preschool Eligibility Policies.
Harbin, Gloria; And Others
This paper examines the possibility that children eligible for services as infants and toddlers under Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are not eligible at age 3 under Part B (preschool special education). The analysis compared Part H and Part B eligibility policies as well as the eligibility policies of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The analysis found that states fell into 3 groups: Group 1 (14 states), in which all children eligible under Part H would remain eligible under Part B; Group 2 (10 states) in which Part H eligible children would probably continue to be eligible for service under Part B; and Group 3 (27 states) in which the differences in eligibility criteria suggest that not all children would continue to be eligible for services. Policies of Group 3 states suggest one or more of the following areas of concern: (1) the inclusion of at-risk children in the infant/toddler program but not in the preschool program; (2) preschool criteria requiring a higher level of delay or disability than the infant/toddler program; (3) the use of professional judgment as the sole criterion for infant/toddler eligibility, whereas quantitative criteria are required for preschool eligibility; (4) incompatibility of measurement types used in the two programs; and (5) the omission of some of the Part B disability categories for preschoolers. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Carolina Inst. for Child and Family Policy.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part H