Part B Section 619 (ages 3 through 5)

The Preschool  section of IDEA 2004 (Part B, Section 619) applies to children ages 3 through 5 if they meet the definition of a child with a disability.  Many children in this age group show a developmental delay but because of their young age, can not yet be identified by category. (See item 3 (A) (i) below.)

The most recent reauthorization, the IDEA Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), clarified a state may apply the term developmental delay to the age range 3 through 9, or any subset of that range, including ages 3 through 5.

All pages contained within this section were written collaboratively by the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) and the IDEA Partnership.
NECTAC is the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. NECTAC serves all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions with an array of services and supports to improve service systems and outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children with special needs and their families. 

Sub-Topic: IDEA 2004 Part B Section 619: Statute and Regulations (Source:OSEP)
This link takes you to the official OSEP website.  At this site you may search both the statute and the regulations.

Sub-Topic: IDEA 2004 Part B Section 619: Topics and Issues (Source: NECTAC)
NECTAC provides a wealth of information related to the law and the regulations.  This is the link to use to get the full picture of how Section 619 is implemented in the states and the resources that direct their actions.

Sub-Topic: Section 619 Profile and State Data (Source: NECTAC)
Links to state-level information and data about Section 619 programs. The Section 619 Profile was updated in January 2009.

Additional specific topics related to Section 619, Preschool Special Education:

Assistive Technology

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Challenging Behavior

Early Identification of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Young Children with Disabilities

Eligibility for Preschool Special Education

Evidence-Based Practice



Interagency Coordination


Response to Intervention (RTI) in Early Childhood

Screening, Evaluation and Assessment

Transition from Part C to Section 619

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