IDEA's early childhood programs: Powerful vision and pesky details

Type: 
Paper/Report
Author/Presenter: 

Hebbeler, K., Spiker, D., & Kahn, L. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 31(4), 199-207.

Age: 
0-3/Part C /Early Intervention
Age: 
3-5/Section 619/Preschool
Year: 
2012
Month: 
February
Abstract: 

In this article, the authors examine how national policy can affect local practice, what has been learned from the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act's (IDEA) early childhood programs and discusses how ecological theory provides a useful framework for understanding how IDEA directly and indirectly influences services to young children with disabilities and their families. While 25 years of implementing Part C and Part B Preschool confirms the power of IDEA's vision, that experience also exposes barriers to effective nationwide implementation. Issues in four areas of implementation are discussed: access to services, the quality of services, cost and funding, and outcomes. New opportunities in these areas, as well as new challenges, are now being identified in the call for building coordinated and integrated early childhood systems in states.

Topics: 
Accountability
Topics: 
Child Outcomes
Topics: 
Quality Practices