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U.S. Ed Department to release $3 Billion to support disability services

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The U.S. Department of Education released more than $3 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to states to support infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

The new funding will help aid more than 7.9 million infants, toddlers, and students served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and adds to the ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief allocation of $122 billion in state funding for K-12 schools, which the department announced in March.

The announcement reaffirms the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to addressing inequities exacerbated by the pandemic and targeting resources to historically underserved communities through the American Rescue Plan and other relief efforts.

“We know that COVID-19 and disruptions in access to in-person learning over the last year have taken a disproportionate toll on America’s children with disabilities, who, far too often amid the pandemic, experienced challenges in receiving the services and supports that they were entitled to,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.

“It’s long past time that the federal government makes good on its commitment to students with disabilities and their families, and today’s announcement is one of many steps the Biden-Harris Administration has taken to support students with disabilities. With these crucial American Rescue Plan funds, our early intervention providers and schools will be better able to address the needs of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and ensure our education system reemerges even stronger than before the pandemic.”

In addition to releasing the funds, the Department of Education released a fact sheet describing how states can use IDEA funds within ARP to support infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

Today’s more than $3 billion in funds were allocated within Section 2014(a) of the ARP and will add to IDEA’s three major formula grants programs:

  • $2.6 billion for IDEA Part B Grants to States (Section 611) for children and youth with disabilities aged 3 through 21.
  • $200 million for IDEA Part B Preschool Grants (Section 619) for children with disabilities aged 3 through 5.
  • $250 million for IDEA Part C Grants for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

The Department’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will administer and monitor the ARP section 2014(a) funds to states and other designated agencies. In general, these awards are subject to the same requirements under IDEA and the Uniform Guidance as all IDEA funds.

The table below outlines the amount of funding each state educational agency or designated agency received from the ARP section 2014(a).

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