Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Early Childhood Corner: New Publication from the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

The Importance of Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and their Families: Fact Sheet (2011)

The Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program (Part C) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was created in 1986 to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities, minimize potential developmental delay, and reduce educational costs by minimizing the need for special education services as children with disabilities reach school age. This fact sheet provides an overview of the Part C program and quick facts from the research on early brain development, the importance and benefits of early intervention, and current unmet needs. It is meant to be used as a tool to communicate with policymakers, pediatricians, families, and community leaders about the importance of quality services for infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental delays and their families.  Download this new publication at

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