Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is the federal law that governs the delivery of special education to eligibile children age birth to 20.

IDEA Part C (ages birth through two)

IDEA Part C is a federal grant program that assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. In order for a state to participate in the program, it must assure that early intervention will be available to every eligible child and his or her family.

For additional information on the Part C program, please contact Child Development Services.

  • Related Laws. Read and download federal Part C IDEA regulations and statute on the U.S. Department of Education website.
  • IDEA Part C Annual Application (DOC, 200KB) - Maine is seeking input on its application for the Part C (birth to three) early intervention program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, known as IDEA. The Part C budget included in the application is for State Fiscal year 2019. Written comments will be accepted through April 4, 2018 and can be submitted to Roy Fowler, CDS State Director: 146 State House Station; Augusta, ME 04333 or via email at roy.fowler@maine.gov
  • Comparison of Old & Updated Part C Regulations (PDF, 418KB). To help special educators and early interventionists in their monumental task of implementing the updated regulations, the Division for Early Childhood, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the IDEA Infant Toddler Coordinators Association have released a side-by-side comparison of the 2011 final Part C regulations to Part C regulations from 1999. This document was published on Sept. 28, 2012.
  • IDEA Advisory Panels. IDEA requires that each state establish a state Interagency Coordinating Council, appointed by the governor of the state.

IDEA Part B (ages three through 20)

IDEA Part B is a federal grant program that provides funds to ensure that eligible students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education that includes special education and related services designed to meet their individual needs.

  • Related Laws. Read and download federal Part B IDEA regulations and statute on the U.S. Department of Education website.
  • IDEA Part B Annual Application (PDF, 208KB). Application completed by the Department annually for Part B IDEA funds. See required spreadsheet for section III (XLS, 99KB).
  • Local Entitlement Application. The purpose of this federal entitlement grant program is to provide funds for students age three to five (611 funds) and five to 20 (619 funds) to ensure that eligible students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education that includes special education and related services designed to meet their individual needs. Services and activities must ensure compliance with state special education laws and regulations as well as IDEA.
  • IDEA Advisory Panels. IDEA requires that each state establish a state Interagency Coordinating Council, appointed by the governor of the state.