Understand Part C MOE and its importance. Learn what funds to include, circumstances when allowances may be made, and the consequences of not meeting this IDEA requirement. Includes questions and answers for states to consider as they maintain effort.
Maintenance of Effort (MOE)
Identify trends in your state’s IDEA fiscal data with this online resource. Part C and Part B state staff can use these data questions to better understand their state systems, refine policies and practices, and initiate conversations about how to support programs for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.
Under IDEA, Interagency Coordinating Councils (ICCs) provide critical input on funding the state Part C system. The strategies in this practice guide help lead agencies (LAs) build the Part C fiscal knowledge of ICC members and involve them in meaningful budget discussions. The issues and data analysis questions in the guide are designed to prompt members’ feedback.
This CIFR-developed guide provides a foundational understanding for both ICC members and state lead agency (LA) staff about the responsibilities of the ICC to advise the state LA and help it meet the fiscal requirements under IDEA Part C.
Developed by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center in collaboration with CIFR and the Center for Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy), this toolkit helps states plan and implement fiscal monitoring at the state and local early intervention program levels. It includes state Part C fiscal indicators, a checklist, and a template as well as sample EIS-provider fiscal monitoring indicators and considerations for developing them.
OSEP developed a series of monitoring protocols as part of its system of Differentiated Monitoring and Supports (DMS). This webpage houses the protocols for ensuring compliance with the fiscal requirements of Part C of the IDEA and related statutes and regulations. Protocols related to CIFR’s scope include:
The Fiscal C Checklist Reviewing Methods and Fiscal C Systems Payment Monitoring Protocol examine whether the methods that a state uses to establish financial responsibility for the provision of Part C services are consistent with IDEA fiscal requirements.
The Fiscal Part C SLOR Introduction provides an overview of OSEP’s review process for the state’s general supervision system and single line of responsibility related to the use of Part C funds.
The Fiscal Part C SLOR Protocol examines how the statewide system implements fiscal elements of the single line of responsibility under IDEA Section 635(a)(10) and other requirements.
This U.S. Department of Education web page contains resources pertaining to the three OSEP-administered IDEA formula grants that are awarded annually to provide services to 1) infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, 2) preschool children ages 3-5, and 3) special education for children and youth with disabilities.
The site includes Part B and Part C grant award letters, annual grant application templates, application instructions and procedures, public participation topic briefs, and checklists.
Developed in collaboration with OSEP and the Office of General Counsel, this guide from CIFR outlines key differences between contracts and subgrants for Part C, highlights questions for states to consider as they determine whether to pursue subgranting, and describes the initial steps of planning and decision-making.
This OSEP letter responds to questions about the consequences of MOE failure under Part C of the IDEA. It explains the state must pay back the amount by which it failed to maintain effort, that the state may not decline to draw down all of its federal IDEA Part C award funds to offset the amount of the failure, and that repayment must be made with non-federal funds or federal funds for which accountability to the federal government is not required.
Please also see Letter to Wilden.
This web-based resource is designed to assist lead agencies in establishing a process for annually collecting and tracking the budgeting and expenditures of state and local funds to determine if MOE is met for IDEA Part C. The resource provides an overview of the IDEA regulatory requirements for MOE, steps for developing a methodology for calculating and tracking MOE, answers to critical questions, and links to resources including an Excel-based MOE calculator.
This product was jointly developed by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center, the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy), and the IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association.