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This study examined the rates of special education placement during middle school grades (sixth through eighth) among children who participated in the Linda Ray Intervention Program (LRIP) center-based and home-based learning modalities. The study sample included 113 children in Miami Dade County Public Schools who had gestational cocaine exposure and received early intervention services due to developmental delays. This study found that children who participated in the center-based (25 hours per week) learning modality had a significantly lower rate of special education placement (14%) than the students in the home-based (three hours per week) learning modality (30%) in middle school. Also, results indicated that children who were socioeconomically disadvantaged (free/reduced lunch) and in the home-based learning modality were three to four times more likely to be in special education. This study provides evidence for the long-term impact of the LRIP center-based modality on special education outcomes.

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The University of Miami Linda Ray Intervention Program (LRIP) is a Part C early intervention program for children under the age of three, with verified developmentaldelayslocatedinMiami-DadeCountythathasestablishedastronglinkand referral process from the Juvenile Court as well as local community-based care agencies. Creating a system where early intervention communicates well with the court system is paramount in changing the well-being trajectories of these vulnerable children. This article describes the growing need for early intervention services as well as the results of one successful early intervention-court partnership that has shown promising short and long-term results for developmentally-delayed children who were born prenatally exposed to cocaine.

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