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MSDE Memo re: Extended IFSP Option Survey

MEMO

To: Parents, Administrators, Service Providers and other Stakeholders

From: Thomas Stengel

Date: May 31, 2012

Re: Extended IFSP Option Survey

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services (DSE/EIS) is requesting feedback from parents and other stakeholders to help the MSDE determine the ending age for the Extended Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Option.

The Extended IFSP Option, which was implemented February 1, 2010, provides families the choice to continue to receive early intervention services through an Extended IFSP until their child's fourth birthday. Currently, and until June 30, 2013, the age of exit from the Extended IFSP Option is a child's fourth birthday. However, new federal IDEA Part
C regulations will not allow Maryland to continue the age of exit as the child's fourth birthday.

In order to determine a revised age of exit from the Extended IFSP Option, the MSDE-DSE/EIS is seeking stakeholder input through a survey monkey. The survey may be accessed through the link below: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MSDE_ExtendedIFSP

The survey provides three choices for the ending age for the Extended IFSP Option that are included in the revised Infants and Toddlers Program (ITP) federal regulations. MSDE is in the process of revising the State Infants and Toddlers Program (ITP) regulations and is required to make a decision on the Extended Option ending age that will be
included in the revised State ITP regulations. The results and feedback from this survey, as well as feedback from the Infants and Toddlers Program Regulations Stakeholder Workgroup will be shared with Marcella Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, for consideration.


Thank you for your time and participation in this survey. The ending date to take the survey is COB June 14, 2012.

TS/caw



c:        Marcella Franczkowski

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Cheryl A. Wells for Tom Stengel
Management Associate
Early Childhood Intervention and Education Branch
Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0261      
Fax:  410-333-8165
Email:  cwells@msde.state.md.us



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