Baby Matters: A Gateway to State Policies and Initiatives is a searchable database that contains information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families. To search Baby Matters for information on early intervention, click here.
Hearing on Investing in Early Education: Paths to Improving Children's Success
Statement of Matthew Melmed, Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE
Submitted to the Committee on Education and Labor
U.S. House of Representatives
January 23, 2008
ZERO TO THREE comments on proposed regulations for Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004
Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services on July 23, 2007
Early Intervention for Abused and Neglected Infants & Toddlers
Children who suffer abuse or neglect, or have parents who suffer from mental health problems (especially maternal depression), substance abuse, or family violence have as high a probability of experiencing developmental delays as do children with medical conditions that are automatically eligible for Part C services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Early intervention programs that deliver carefully designed interventions with well-defined goals can positively affect the developmental trajectories of infants and toddlers whose life course is threatened by disrupted parenting. A strong connection between the child welfare/child protection system and Part C is therefore needed to ensure access to early intervention services that can provide significant benefits to abused or neglected children. This article describes the science of early childhood development, how it impacted on the creation of public policy, and the role you can play in advocating for effective implementation of that policy within states.