COLLABORATION AND COORDINATION OF
THE MATERNAL, INFANT, AND EARLY CHILDHOOD HOME VISITING PROGRAM AND
THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT PART C PROGRAMS
The purpose of this joint statement from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) (the Departments), is to set a vision for stronger partnerships, collaboration, and coordination between awardees of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C Program (IDEA Part C Program). Specifically, this joint statement provides recommendations to States, territories, and tribal entities to identify and enhance opportunities for collaboration and coordination between MIECHV and the IDEA Part C Program.
Effective collaboration and coordination across MIECHV and the IDEA Part C Program can create a high-quality system of services and supports for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. It is the position of both Departments that all infants and toddlers and their families should have access to coordinated, comprehensive services that support overall health, development, and wellness. This joint HHS and ED statement aims to advance this position by:
- Providing an overview of the MIECHV and the IDEA Part C Programs;
- Emphasizing the potential for collaboration and coordination between MIECHV awardees and the IDEA Part C State programs
- Highlighting existing opportunities for partnerships between MIECHV awardees and the IDEA Part C State programs; and
- Providing recommendations to States, territories, tribal entities, and local programs for identifying and increasing opportunities for collaboration and coordination.
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