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Subject: Part C Application

Source: Pam Schroeder, Assistant Director, Part C Compliance

Intended Audience: Stakeholders in Part C System of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Date: January 31, 2011

On November 8, 2010, all states and territories received notification from the U. S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), that all states making application for funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to make available for public review and comment the application packet for the federal IDEA Part C funds.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed the draft application packet for these funds and is by this notice making the application available for review and comment at: http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Compliance/Part-C/index2.html.  

The application packet, developed by OSEP, includes a summary of the certifications, policies, procedures, methods, descriptions, assurances, and IDEA use of funds descriptions that the state will use to implement Part C of IDEA.  Upon receipt and approval of this application, Missouri will receive a federal grant award under IDEA Part C for the period of July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012. 

As you review the application, please note the following:

* The application is in a format required by OSEP.

* Missouri is providing general assurance to OSEP that the state will be implementing the provisions of Part C of IDEA 2004 and will complete the revision of the state regulations by June 30, 2011.

* The costs included in this application only reflect those costs attributable to the federal IDEA Part C funds that are allocated to the state of Missouri and not the total cost of the First Steps program.

*The amounts listed in Section III, Description of Use of Part C Funds are based upon the current year (SFY11) allocation since OSEP has yet to give the anticipated award amounts for SFY12.  These amounts will be used until the SFY12 award amount is disclosed

This application is available for review on our website for the next sixty (60) days, until April 1, 2011.  Individuals desiring to submit written comments should do so by the close of business on April 1, 2011.  Comments may be sent to the attention of Pam Schroeder, Assistant Director, Special Education Compliance, at secompliance@dese.mo.gov or P. O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480 or by fax 573-526-4404.