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February 2005Vol. 6, No. 1Using Interagency Collaboration to Deliver Part C Services to Infants and Toddlers

The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center has developed a toolkit to help child welfare workers effectively utilize Part C services in addressing the needs of infants and toddlers in the child welfare system. Part C is a component of the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that provides financial assistance to States to maintain a system of early intervention services for infant and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays.

Published in 2001, Interagency Collaboration: A Guidebook for Child Welfare and Part C Agencies explains the services offered by Part C and child welfare agencies and emphasizes the importance of collaboration between advocacy groups, public agencies, physicians, mental health service providers, Early Head Start professionals, and Court Appointed Special Advocates. Specific topics include Federal, State, and local responsibilities in Part C and child welfare services; the role of parents and caseworkers; funding; legal processes; and the framework for collaboration between Part C and child welfare agencies. Suggestions for developing community plans also are provided.

The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and is available here: (PDF 192 KB)