Since the enactment of the original legislation in 1975, children and youth (ages 3-22) receive special education and related services. For school-aged children with disabilities (including preschoolers), Part B is the foundation upon which special education and related services rest.

By law, parents of children with disabilities being served under IDEA have specific rights. Find out what those rights are.

Part B has eight (8) subparts. Read IDEA’s verbatim language regarding Part B.

Subpart A: General Provisions
Read the purposes of IDEA and find out how IDEA defines important terms, including child with a disability, related services, and special education.

Subpart B: State Eligibility
To be eligible to receive funding under IDEA, States must assure that a wide range of procedures and processes are in place. Find out what States are required to do with respect to concerns such as FAPE, LRE, dispute resolution, children with disabilities in private schools, and much more.

Subpart C: LEA Eligibility
What must a local educational agency (LEA) do to establish its eligibility for funding under IDEA? How may it use the funds it receives? Find out here.

Subpart D: Evaluations, Eligibility, IEPs, and Placement
Very important part of IDEA here! Find out what IDEA requires in evaluation, eligibility determination, IEPs, and educational placement.

Subpart E: Procedural Safeguards 
IDEA includes procedural safeguards to protect the rights of parents and children. Find out about the prior written notice, the procedural safeguards notice, parents’ right to participate in meetings, and the range of dispute resolution options.

Subpart F: Monitoring and Enforcement 
The State is responsible for monitoring implementation of IDEA and for enforcing its regulations. Come here to find out the specifics of those responsibilities.

Subpart G: Use of Funds 
How is a State’s funding for special education and related services determined? How much can be used for administrative purposes? Here’s where to find out.

Subpart H: Preschool Grants
This subpart of IDEA describes how States establish eligibility for preschool grants for children with disabilities, ages 3 to 5, and how those monies may be spent.

Information taken from the Center for Parent Information and Resources  Newark, NJ, Author Updated, March 2014  A legacy resource from NICHCY