The ongoing procedures used by appropriate qualified personnel throughout the period of a child's eligibility under this part to identify--

  1. The child's unique strengths and needs and the services appropriate to meet those needs;
  2. The resources, priorities and concerns of the family and the supports and services necessary to enhance the family's capacity to meet the developmental needs of their infant or toddler with a disability; and
  3. the nature and extent of early intervention services that are needed by the child and the child's family to meet the needs in a. and b. above.


To permit access to or the release, transfer, or other communication of education records, or the personally identifiable information contained in those records, to any party, by any means, including oral, written, or electronic means.


The procedures used by appropriate qualified personnel to determine a child's initial and continuing eligibility under this part, consistent with the definition of "infants and toddlers with disabilities" in ¤303.16, including determining the status of the child in each of the developmental areas.


Defined according to each family's definition of itself.

Family Directed Assessment:

Identification of the family's resources, priorities and concerns relative to enhancing the development of the child, and identification of the supports and services necessary to enhance the family's capacity to meet the developmental needs of the child.


Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP): A written plan for providing early intervention services to eligible children/families that:

  1. Is developed jointly by the family and appropriate qualified personnel providing early intervention services;
  2. Is based on the multidisciplinary evaluations and assessment of the child and the assessment of the strengths and needs of the child's family, as determined by the family and as required in 34 CFR 303.322; and
  3. Includes all services necessary to enhance the development of the child and the capacity of the family to meet the special needs of the child.


A voluntary process freely agreed to by parents and providers to attempt to resolve IDEA Early Intervention Program disagreements. Neither party is required to participate in the mediation process and both parties must approve any agreement reached. Mediation may not be used to deny or delay your right to an impartial hearing.


The involvement of two or more disciplines or professions in the provision of integrated and coordinated services, including evaluation and assessment activities in ¤303.322 and development of the IFSP in ¤303.342.

Natural Environment:

Settings that are natural or normal for the child's peers who have no disability.


A parent, guardian, or other person acting as a parent of a child, or a surrogate parent who has been appointed in accordance with ¤303.406.

NOTE: All citations contained in this booklet, including the glossary, are references to 34 CFR Part 303 unless noted otherwise.