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I am writing to ask that you make funding for Early Intervention Grants for Infants and Families Program, authorized under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a top priority. Please seek funding of no less than $458,556,000 for the Early Intervention program, the same level as recommended in the President's FY 2019 budget.
Congress established the Early Intervention Grants for Infants and Families Program in recognition of "an urgent and substantial need" to intervene on behalf of infants with disabilities and their families. The Early Intervention program assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of services and supports for children birth through 2 years old with developmental delays, including (state option) children who are "at risk" of developing a delay or need that may affect their development or impede their education.
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Research has also found that 1-in-3 infants and toddlers who received early intervention services did not later present with a delay or require special education in preschool. Currently approximately 2 percent of all children under age of 3 are receiving IDEA supported early intervention services.
I respectfully ask that you make the Early Intervention Grants for Infants and Families Program (IDEA Part C) a top priority> Please seek funding of no less than $458,556,000, the level proposed in the President's fiscal year 2019 budget.
Thank you for considering my views.