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Enrollment of young children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in early intervention and special ed services dropped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The not entirely surprising news comes from K12dive.com, which looked at an analysis released by the National Institute for Early Education Research at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

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Among the findings: Young children with disabilities who are Black, Latino/Hispanic and Asian, as well as those who live in lower-income states, are less likely to receive early intervention and early childhood special education services.

The State(s) of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education: Looking at Equity is the first equity-focused report to look state-by-state at the two federally funded programs for young children with disabilities. The report focuses on the 2020-2021 school year and also includes data beginning with the 2005-2006 school year.

To read about the issues and the recommendations being offered, check out the whole article here.

Chalkbeat also has a good summary of the study.

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