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IFSP Tutorial - Developing and Implementing

Developing the IFSP:

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Considerations for scheduling IFSP meetings with families: who, where, when, how and who

A flexible, individualized IFSP for each child/family should be developed by the people who really know a child and/or have spent some time evaluating and assessing a child’s strengths and needs:





Parents/legal guardians

Other family members/friends, as requested by parents, if feasible

Early intervention providers

Service coordinator/interim service coordinator

Qualified personnel (at least one) directly involved in a child’s evaluation/assessment *

Providers who will provide EI supports/services, as appropriate

Community agencies/links

Advocate, as requested by parent

Representatives of community agencies and programs, as requested by parent.


If the early intervention provider(s) directly involved in conducting a child's evaluation and assessment are unable to attend the IFSP meeting, he or she can participate in one of three ways: by a telephone conference call, having a knowledgeable authorized representative attend, or making pertinent records available for discussion.

  • Where?
    An IFSP meeting must be held in a setting that is convenient to the family.
  • When?
    The first meeting to develop an initial IFSP for a child eligible for a Local Infants and Toddlers Program must be conducted within an initial 45-day time period which starts with the initial referral from a parent or other source. The time for the IFSP meeting must be convenient for the family.

    Arrangements for this and all other IFSP meetings, including the periodic and annual reviews, must be made with a family and other participants before the meeting to ensure that they will be able to attend.

  • How will notice be given?
    Prior written notice must be provided to the parent(s) within a reasonable time, as determined or agreed to by the parent(s). The notice must use the native language of the family, or other mode of communication used by the family, unless clearly not feasible to do so.



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