This document seeks to provide clarity and guidance related to provision of early intervention and special education services for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers aged birth through 5 who reside on reservations in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is intended for Part C Lead Agencies (LAs), Early Intervention Service Providers (EISPs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), State Education Agencies (SEAs), Tribes, schools operated or funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), Family and Child Education (FACE) programs, Head Start Programs, and other agencies that work with this population of children.
This document is based on a similar document developed through the collaborative efforts of New Mexico Local Education Agencies, the Bureau of Indian Education (FACE Program), the New Mexico Public Education Department, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), and Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (MPRRC). State or LEA specific information has been edited to ensure broader applicability. Additionally, information specific to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C services has been added. The document is the result of a combined effort of the Regional Resource Center Program (RRCP), the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center), and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). The information presented in this document is for general informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon as, or substituted for, an informed opinion by an attorney based on a specific set of facts. This document does not offer formal policy guidance from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the United Stated Department of Education. OSEP endorsement is neither intended nor implied.
Source: Regional Resource Center Program (RRCP), the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center), and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)