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Extended IFSP Option

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Maryland’s Extended IFSP Option offers families the choice to remain on an IFSP beyond their child’s third birthday, if their child is determined eligible for preschool special education and related services as a child with a disability. The extension of IFSP services beyond age three, to the beginning of the school year following the child’s fourth birthday, incorporates the strength of the special education/preschool education program with the existing infants and toddlers family-centered model. The Extended IFSP Option moves Maryland toward its mission of creating a seamless birth through 5 early childhood intervention and preschool special education system of services. More information is available in A Family Guide to Next Steps: When your child In early intervention turns three*.

* This pdf is not 100% accessible and is not a required resource.

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