Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Services Provided in Head Start Programs

Joint Dear Colleague Letter and Guidance Document. Office of Special Education Programs and Office of Head Start. A Dear Colleague Letter on Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Services in Head Start. Guidance on Creating Effective Memorandum of Understanding to Support High-Quality, Inclusive Early Childhood Systems.

By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 11, 2022) – Government offices released documents last week to encourage collaboration between state and local education agencies and Head Start programs to effectively meet Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requirements.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Head Start authored a Dear Colleague Letter and guidance document.

These documents state that state and local educational agencies and Head Start programs have responsibilities for implementing IDEA to ensure that children with disabilities enrolled in Head Start programs receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

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Last modified on November 4, 2022