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Children With Disabilities

Language in the CCDBG Act establishes a definition of “children with disabilities” and allows the Lead Agency to add other conditions that may broaden it even further. Under the law, Lead Agencies have the option to differentiate payment rates based on the needs of children, such as children with disabilities, and must coordinate services and provide parents with information about access to services (such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA]). In addition, professional development of providers should, to the extent practicable, be appropriate for a population of children that includes children with disabilities. Lead Agencies also have the option to use quality dollars for specialized training for child care providers caring for children with disabilities.