IEP vs. IFSP
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?
- 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