Partners for Our Children

The transfer of the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). 

Funding for ESIT shall be appropriated to the department based the formula outlined, based on the headcount of children who are eligible for and receiving ESIT services. 

Formulas within OSPI are amended not to include children birth to three.

Between September  2020 and 2021 ESIT will be exempt from the performance-based  contract requirements.


Summary of the Substitute bill:

Funding for the ESIT program must be appropriated to the DCYF based on the annual average headcount of children from birth to age 3 who are eligible for and receiving early intervention services. The headcount must be multiplied by the per pupil statewide allocation for the prototypical K-12 school, multiplied by 1.15. The special education allocation formula for school districts is accordingly adjusted to remove children from birth to age 3.

Federal funds associated with Part C of the IDEA must be subject to federal “payor of last resort” requirements established in federal regulations.

The DCYF is required to distribute funds to ESIT and, when appropriate, to county lead agencies. School districts are no longer required to provide or contract for the ESIT program.

Contracts for ESIT services are temporarily exempted from DCYF performance-based contracting requirements. The exemption begins September 1, 2020, and ends September 1, 2021.