What is IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law governing the education of children, ages 0 – 21 who experience disabilities. Part C of IDEA provides guidelines for states to follow in providing services to families with infants and toddlers (birth to three years old) that have disabilities. Each state has its own criteria for Part C eligibility and a statewide system for assuring that needed services are available to eligible children and their families. Part B of the law gives minimum requirements for special education services to children 3 – 21 years of age.


What does Part C under IDEA mean in Alaska?

Funding is provided under Part C of IDEA to expand and enhance early intervention/infant learning services. Eligibility for Part C is determined
through an evaluation/assessment by the local Early intervention/Infant Learning Program (EI/ILP). Children, from birth to 3 years old, who meet
one of the following criteria, are eligible:

  • Developmental delay of 50% or greater in one or more areas
    of development
  • Disabling condition with a high probability of resulting in a 50% or
    greater developmental delay
  • Child’s development appears atypical and a multi-disciplinary team determines that the child is likely to have a severe developmental delay.

For more information visit State of Alaska EI/ILP at:
or call the State EI/ILP office at (907) 269-8442 or
toll free (877) 477-3659.