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Help Support Special Education Services for Preschool-age Children with Disabilities
Urge Congress to fully fund the Preschool Grants for States in fiscal year 2019.

 

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees a free, appropriate public education for students with disabilities. Preschool Grants for States Program (IDEA Part B, Sec. 619) provides formula preschool grants to states to support the educational needs of children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 5 years.

Tell your Members of Congress to support full funding for the educational supports available for children with disabilities through the Preschool Grants for States Program.


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Please Support the Preschool Grants for States Program (IDEA Part B)
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I am writing to ask that you make funding for Preschool Grants for States, authorized under the Part B, Sec. 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a top priority. Please request no less than $368,238,000, the level proposed in the President's fiscal year 2019 budget.

IDEA guarantees a free, appropriate public education for students with disabilities. Section 619 of Part B of IDEA provides formula grants to states to support the educational needs of children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. Eligible preschool-age children receive special education services in accordance with an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Approximately 5 percent of all children between the ages of 3 and 5 are supported by the 619 program.

Research has found that providing infants and toddlers with access to early childhood intervention programs, particularly with small child-to-adult ratios, have shown to improve children's outcomes, including academic achievement, behavioral and emotional competencies, educational progression, and labor market success.
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I respectfully ask that you make Preschool Grants for States (IDEA Part B, Sec. 619) a top priority. Please request no less than $368,238,000, the level proposed in the President's fiscal year 2019 budget.

Thank you for considering my views.
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