IEP vs. IFSP

The Differences

What are they?

IFSP – Individualized Family Service Plan

· For infants and toddlers till age 2 that have or are at risk of having disabilities

· Ensures services are delivered to child and family

· Provides service manager who outlines how services are put into place for the student.


IEP – Individualized Education Plan

· Document that lays out the special education and related services that are appropriate for a student age 3 to 21 with disabilities.





Whats the Difference?

Differences -

  • Target of service –

IEP – Preschoolers and students with disabilities ages 3-21

IFSP – Infants and toddlers with disabilities age birth – 2 and their families

  • Places for Service –

IFSP – Natural environment, Homes, Day Care, Clinics.

IEP – Schools, Hospitals.

  • Cost to Families –

IFSP - Cost for some families (Sliding Scale based on Income)

IEP – No Cost for families (FAPE)

  • Lead Agency –

IFSP – State Designates

IEP – State Education Agency

  • Focus –

IFSP – Early intervention to meet the needs of the child and family

IEP – Provide services and support of child in educational setting