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NEW Early Childhood Privacy and Confidentiality FAQ
OSERS' Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has released a guidance document, Understanding the Confidentiality Requirements Applicable to IDEA Early Childhood Programs Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 284KB). The purpose of this document is to assist early childhood programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with addressing privacy and confidentiality questions. This document is intended to provide responses to frequently asked questions to facilitate and enhance states' implementation of IDEA privacy and confidentiality provisions and can be used in conjunction with the 2014 side-by-side guide of the IDEA and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Confidentiality Provisions.


NEW Google Hangout Celebrating the 30th Birthday of IDEA, Part B, Section 619 and IDEA Part C
This October marks the 30th Anniversary of the passage of Public Law 99-457, which established Part C and mandated Part B, Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Watch the below Google Hangout with OSERS' Office of Special Education Program's (OSEP) Acting Director Ruth Ryder and distinguished guests discuss how the law has impacted the early childhood field.

Check out the other celebration videos and visit the 30th Anniversary page for more.


NEW Happy Birthday PL 99-457!
October 3–7, OSEP celebrated 30 years of early intervention services and preschool special education under IDEA. Visit the 30th Anniversary Webpage to review a week of activities highlighting the impact of early childhood provisions in IDEA. We shared our own stories, and those of parents, practitioners, researchers, and even individuals who received early intervention and preschool special education services as a result of this law. Don't forget to connect with us on social media using the hashtag #babyIDEAis30!


ESSA: A New Education Law
"With this bill, we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of race, income, background, the zip code where they live, deserves the chance to make of their lives what they will."
— President Barack Obama

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation's schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation's national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students, including students with disabilities.


Earlier Spotlight Items


 Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Special Education—A Multi-Year Disproportionality Analysis by State, Analysis Category, and Race/Ethnicity
 Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs—A Webinar Series Kickoff




OSERS is committed to the broad values of inclusion, equity and opportunity for infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of life. OSERS promotes inclusion, ensures equity and creates opportunity as we strive to improve results and outcomes for children and adults with disabilities.


OSERS Mission

To improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations
for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation.

In implementing this mission, OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities and provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in two main areas—special education and vocational rehabilitation—through its two main components: OSEP and RSA.

OSERS Vision

All Americans with disabilities will live and thrive with their disabilities in their own communities.


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Last Modified: 10/20/2016