§ 405.3. General rules.
(a) Program services shall be provided free of charge.
(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent families with children who participate in the Program and are willing and able to pay part or all of the cost of the participation, from doing so. Approved and eligible providers and lead agencies are prohibited from soliciting costs from families.
(c) A student participating in the Program may not be included in the average daily membership or adjusted average daily membership of an approved provider school district for the purpose of reimbursement under Article XXV of the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. § § 25-250125-2599.3).
(d) Programs must be open to children with identified developmental delays or disabilities, or both, and provide inclusive environments for these children.
(e) Approved providers may enroll eligible students who reside outside of the providers usual attendance area but all eligible children must be residents of this Commonwealth.
(f) Program grant funds are to be used for providing services and programs to age-eligible students as described in § 405.21 (relating to targeting children to be served). Program classes may include children supported by alternative funding sources, including Early Intervention, Head Start, school district or other public funds. In addition, those other funding sources may be used to support a student in a Program outside the age requirements or the 2-year time limitation.
(g) Approved providers shall verify the income and family size of all children participating in the Program prior to enrollment pursuant to Program announcements issued by the Department.
(h) Program providers shall be provided with Program announcements issued by the Department to provide guidance and direction regarding application, implementation and reporting requirements.
(i) The Department will administer the Program consistent with the statutory authorization.
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