6. Set forth provisions regarding consideration of Individualized Family Services Plans (IFSPs) for children aged three through five.

In the case of a child with a disability aged three through five (or, at the discretion of the State educational agency (SEA), a two-year-old child with a disability who will turn age three during the school year), the IEP Team must consider an IFSP that contains the IFSP content (including the natural environments statement) described in section 636(d) of the IDEA and its implementing regulations (including an educational component that promotes school readiness and incorporates pre-literacy, language, and numeracy skills for children with IFSPs under 34 CFR 300.323 who are at least three years of age), and that is developed in accordance with the IEP procedures under Part B.

The IFSP may serve as the IEP of the child, if using the IFSP as the IEP is consistent with State policy and agreed to by the agency and the child’s parents.

In implementing these IFSP provisions, the public agency must provide to the child’s parents, a detailed explanation of the differences between an IFSP and an IEP. If the parents choose an IFSP, the public agency must obtain written informed consent from the parents.
[34 CFR 300.323(b)] [20 U.S.C. 1414(d)(2)(B)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. How would you describe the differences between an IFSP and an IEP?

  2. What might parents want or need to consider to make a decision between requesting an IFSP and an IEP?

  3. In your state/region, what agency is responsible for Part C provisions, and what difference might this make for the the family and the child?

Application Questions

  1. What district procedures might be put in place to ensure sharing of information about the differences and similarities of IFSPs and IEPs with families?

  2. What policies and procedures will ensure and support positive communication between the agencies responsible for IFSPs and IEPs?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Arizona

    Role: Special Education Administrator
    Location: California

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Colorado

    Role: Educational Consultant
    Location: Florida

    Role: Special Education Administrator
    Location: Georgia

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Indiana

    Role: Service Provider
    Location: Kentucky

    Role: Teacher
    Location: South Carolina

    Role: Family Member
    Location: West Virginia

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Wisconsin