Promoting Social-emotional Wellbeing in Early Intervention Services: A Fifty-state View

Cooper, Janice L.; Vick, Jessica

In 2007 approximately 322,000 young children received services through the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part C, the Early Intervention Program for Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities. Yet research shows that only a fraction of children eligible for the program received services. Against the backdrop of this gap between need for services and service use, special concerns for young children with or at risk for social-emotional developmental delays stand in relief. Even fewer of these children received services to address their social-emotional developmental needs through Part C. In part, this state of affairs reflects the significant flexibility states have in the eligibility criteria used to identify children who will receive services under Part C. However, this flexibility results in significant differences in the number of children identified in specific states. Eligibility criteria are categorized into three groups: restricted, which includes in the determination neither clinical input nor children at-risk for developmental delay; narrow, which does include a clinical option but not at risk children; and liberal, which can include both the clinical option and at-risk children.

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National Center for Children in Poverty
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
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June 8, 2010