Department of Education

Understanding the Confidentiality Requirements Applicable to IDEA Early Childhood Programs FAQS

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) developed these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist early childhood programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) — Part B section 611, Part B section 619, and Part C — with addressing privacy and confidentiality questions. Sections include General IDEA and FERPA Confidentiality Provisions; Parental Consent Requirements and Exceptions; Notification to Parents; and Duty to Maintain, and Provision for Destruction of, Records.

Understanding the Confidentiality Requirements (PDF)