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Young Child with a Developmental Delay

Eligibility Criteria

Young Child with a Developmental Delay means a child ages three (3) through five (5) who is experiencing developmental delays, as measured by appropriate evaluation instruments and procedures, in one or more of the following areas:  physical development, cognitive development, communication development, social or emotional development, or adaptive development, and who need special education and related services.

NOTE:  LEAs in Missouri are not required to adopt and use the term “Young Child with a Developmental Delay” for any child in their jurisdiction.  However, if an LEA uses the term “Young Child with a Developmental Delay,” the LEA must conform to both the State’s definition of the term and the age range.

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