Special Education-Grants for Infants and Families

To provide grants to States to assist them to implement and maintain a Statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency system to make available early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Menominee Indian Tribe Of Wisconsin $ 271,112   2019-07-012024-09-30
Department Of Health $ 631,013   2022-07-012023-09-30
Health, New Jersey Department Of $ 12,450,668   2022-07-012023-09-30
Oregon Department Of Education $ 5,245,675   2022-07-012023-09-30
Department Of Health Utah $ 5,805,036   2022-07-012023-09-30
Health Services, Wisconsin Department Of $ 7,837,067   2022-07-012023-09-30
Health And Human Services Commission, Texas $ 47,038,071   2022-07-012023-09-30
Education, Oklahoma Department Of $ 6,075,100   2022-07-012023-09-30
Department Of Health Infants & Toddlers Program $ 823,068   2022-07-012023-09-30
Health & Human Services, North Carolina Department Of $ 14,699,610   2022-07-012023-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are used to assist States in implementing and maintaining their Statewide systems of early intervention services.

Funding may also be used to provide direct services for eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities aged birth through 2 and their families that are not otherwise provided by other public or private sources, to expand and improve services for infants and toddlers with disabilities that are otherwise available and to provide a free appropriate public education, in accordance with Part B of IDEA, to children with disabilities from their third birthday to the beginning of the following school year.

States also have the discretion to provide services to infants and toddlers who are at risk of having substantial developmental delays if they do not receive appropriate early intervention services.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 amended IDEA to allow states, at their discretion, to continue to serve children with disabilities under this program beyond age three until the children enter or are eligible to enter kindergarten or elementary school, if such children are otherwise eligible for services under the Preschool Grants Program (84.173), and previously received services under the Part C program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Secretary of the Interior and the following four outlying area jurisdictions: Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants and toddlers with disabilities aged birth through 2 and their families will benefit.


In general, each State or jurisdiction must submit an application, including certifications, policies and procedures, and statement of assurances to receive IDEA Part C funds. Each State lead agency is designated by the Governor of that State or jurisdiction. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Specific application procedures are provided in the application form for the program. The State lead agencies, the applicants for this program, are designated by the Governor.

Award Procedures

Once the State application is approved, a grant award representing the total State allocation is forwarded to the State lead agency.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, Part C, 20 U.S.C. 1431-1444.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The time for reviewing the State's application is determined by EDGAR (in 34 CFR §76.703) and ranges from 45 to 90 days.


The Department must not take final action to disapprove an application until the State is provided reasonable notice and an opportunity for a hearing. The State must request a hearing no later than 30 days after it receives notice of the proposed final determination that the State is not eligible to receive its award.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Statutory citation: IDEA Part C Sec.643. Awards are based on each State applicant's proportionate share of children, aged birth through two years, in the general population, based on the most recent satisfactory data available from the United States Bureau of the Census. No State may receive less than 0.5 percent of the total funds available for all States. The Department of Interior receives 1.25 percent of the amount available to States. The Outlying Areas combined receive up to 1 percent of the funds appropriated. 20 U.S.C. 1443. This program has nonsupplanting requirements. 20 USC 1437(b)(5). Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are issued each fiscal year. The Federal obligation period is a 15-month period from July 1 through September 30 of the following fiscal year. States have an additional 12-month period to obligate their funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


State lead agencies must submit an Annual Performance Report under IDEA sections 616 and 642, and other information that the Secretary may require under Section 618 of the Act.

An annual report must be submitted to the Governor and to the Secretary by the State Interagency Coordinating Council on the status of early intervention programs operated within the State as required under Section 641(e)(1)(D) of the Act.

State Performance Plans and Annual Performance Reports are submitted to the Department of Education by the lead agency on an annual basis.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


As required by EDGAR for State administered programs (34 CFR 76.730-731), generally, the State lead agency and its contractors must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 3 years from the date the grantee submits its final expenditure report for that funding period. 2 CFR 200.333. Also, all records supporting claims for Federal funds or relating to the accountability of the grantee for the expenditure of such funds must be accessible for administrative review.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $458,556,000; FY 17 est $458,556,000; and FY 18 est $458,556,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For 2017, regular annual allotments to States, including DC and Puerto Rico ranged from, $2,247,675 to $54,602,706; with an average award of $8,644,902.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

34 CFR Part 303.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Gregg Corr Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: gregg.corr@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-7309

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

State lead agencies designated by the Governor are eligible applicants and must submit an approved application under Part C of the IDEA for regular IDEA Part C funds.

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