Collaboration between the medical home and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or complex chronic conditions is essential to improving early intervention services, according to a new AAP clinical report.

The IDEA component for children ages 0 through 2 years is called Part C and is administered by states. The goal of the program is to ensure that children with special needs are ready for preschool and kindergarten.

Initiating family-centered care for infants and toddlers with special needs within the framework of the medical home pays dividends for the patient, family and entire communities, the report says. And when medical home personnel work together and coordinate services with the IDEA Part C program, children and families reap additional benefits through individualized, well-planned care.

Accessible primary care and an emphasis on developmental surveillance are hallmarks of both IDEA Part C regulations and...

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