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20 U.S. Code § 1431 - Findings and policy

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(a) FindingsCongress finds that there is an urgent and substantial need—
to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities, to minimize their potential for developmental delay, and to recognize the significant brain development that occurs during a child’s first 3 years of life;
to reduce the educational costs to our society, including our Nation’s schools, by minimizing the need for special education and related services after infants and toddlers with disabilities reach school age;
to maximize the potential for individuals with disabilities to live independently in society;
to enhance the capacity of families to meet the special needs of their infants and toddlers with disabilities; and
to enhance the capacity of State and local agencies and service providers to identify, evaluate, and meet the needs of all children, particularly minority, low-income, inner city, and rural children, and infants and toddlers in foster care.
(b) PolicyIt is the policy of the United States to provide financial assistance to States
to develop and implement a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency system that provides early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families;
to facilitate the coordination of payment for early intervention services from Federal, State, local, and private sources (including public and private insurance coverage);
to enhance State capacity to provide quality early intervention services and expand and improve existing early intervention services being provided to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families; and
to encourage States to expand opportunities for children under 3 years of age who would be at risk of having substantial developmental delay if they did not receive early intervention services.
Editorial Notes
Prior Provisions

A prior section 1431, Pub. L. 91–230, title VI, § 631, as added Pub. L. 105–17, title I, § 101, June 4, 1997, 111 Stat. 106, set out findings and policy, prior to the general amendment of subchapters I to IV of this chapter by Pub. L. 108–446.

Another prior section 1431, Pub. L. 91–230, title VI, § 631, Apr. 13, 1970, 84 Stat. 184; Pub. L. 98–199, §§ 3(b), 11, Dec. 2, 1983, 97 Stat. 1358, 1369; Pub. L. 99–457, title III, § 308, Oct. 8, 1986, 100 Stat. 1165; Pub. L. 100–630, title I, § 104(b), Nov. 7, 1988, 102 Stat. 3298; Pub. L. 101–476, title IV, § 401, title IX, § 901(b)(129)–(142), Oct. 30, 1990, 104 Stat. 1129, 1148; Pub. L. 102–119, §§ 9(a), (b), 25(a)(12), (b), Oct. 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 593, 594, 606, 607; Pub. L. 102–421, title II, § 202, Oct. 16, 1992, 106 Stat. 2165; Pub. L. 102–569, title IX, § 912(a), Oct. 29, 1992, 106 Stat. 4486; Pub. L. 103–73, title III, § 302, Aug. 11, 1993, 107 Stat. 736; Pub. L. 103–218, title IV, § 401, Mar. 9, 1994, 108 Stat. 95, related to grants for personnel training, prior to the general amendment of subchapters I to IV of this chapter by Pub. L. 105–17.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date

Subchapter effective July 1, 2005, see section 302(a) of Pub. L. 108–446, set out as a note under section 1400 of this title.