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Special Education/EIS

Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Children from Birth to 3 Years of Age

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires all states and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth to 3 years of age who have, or are at risk for having, developmental delays. Local school districts or health departments often provide these early intervention services. The program is called different names in different areas, but it is often referred to as Part C (because Part C is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention). The national Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides a list of state Part C coordinators and funded programs on their website. Also, Military OneSource can assist you in identifying early intervention programs in your area. When moving, you should hand-carry copies of your child's individual family service plan and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.

Children Between 3 and 21 Years of Age

The IDEA requires that all states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 and 21. Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have an individualized education program team or school-based committee that attends to students with special education needs.

The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the receiving school must provide a free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, until the new school adopts the previously held individualized education program or develops, adopts and implements a new individualized education program. If a child transfers to another state, the receiving district must provide comparable services until the receiving district completes an evaluation and creates a new individualized education program, if appropriate.

If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand-carry all pertinent school and medical documents, including the individualized education program and current evaluation reports. Hand-carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school district to begin the process as soon as you move.

Other Resources

Parent Training and Information Centers serve families and adults with special needs from birth to age 26. They assist families in getting appropriate education and services for their children, work to improve education services for all children, train and inform parents and professionals, resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies and connect those with disabilities to community resources. Find out more at the Center for Parent Information and Resources website.

Installation and Local Community Information

By Colorado state law, all school-age children must be provided with educational opportunities, including children with special needs. All school districts are required to provide free education to all handicapped or special needs children, ages 3 to 21.

By state law, all school districts also provide special education to preschool children if needed. Large school districts will have separate Special Education Departments to manage the specialized programs necessary to provide equal education access in the least restrictive environment.

For more information or special directions, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) at 720-847-6694.

All individual cases should be referred to the EFMP so that all services, in addition to education, may be coordinated for the inbound personnel.


Associated Links

TRICARE
Find out everything you need to know about your medical benefits.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Provides a list of State Part C directors and programs.

Choosing a School for your Child - Department of Education
How to choose a school.

DoD Special Needs Homepage
Provides resources for meeting special needs.

Education Directory for Children with Special Needs
Provides useful practical information for families with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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