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Subject: Part C Application

Source: CJ Hubbard, Assistant Director, Part C Compliance

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

Date: February 16, 2010

On October 26, 2009, 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, 2010, through June 30, 2011. 

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, 2010, following the receipt of final regulations for IDEA from the federal government.

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

* The dollar amounts listed in Section III, Description of Use of Part C Funds for the Lead Agency, are based upon current year (FFY09) estimated expenditures. 

This application is available for review on the Division's website for the next sixty (60) days, until April 16, 2010.  Individuals desiring to submit written comments should do so by the close of business on April 16, 2010.  Comments may be sent to the attention of CJ Hubbard, Assistant Director, Special Education Compliance, at webreplyspe@dese.mo.gov or P. O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480 or by fax 573-526-4404.