Promoting Family Outcomes in Early Intervention

Authored by: Donald B. Jr. Bailey , Raspa Melissa , Betsy P. Humphreys , Ann M. Sam

Handbook of Special Education

Print publication date:  April  2011
Online publication date:  May  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415800716
eBook ISBN: 9780203837306
Adobe ISBN: 9781136869624


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Early intervention is a complex system of state-based services, guided by federal legislation and designed to provide supports and services for infants and young children, birth to 3 years of age, with or at-risk for disabilities, and their families. Although a number of states and communities had been providing early intervention services since the 1970s, it was not until 1986 that a formal national network of programs was established as part of Public Law 99-457, now known as Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Each year nearly 300,000 children and their families become eligible for and receive some form of early intervention services.

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