School Improvement in Maryland

What do parents of students with disabilities need to know?

Dr. Carol Ann Heath-Baglin, Assistant State Superintendent“Active family involvement is essential to each and every student's success. Maryland has high academic standards for all students, including those with disabilities, and parents are an essential partner in the special education process. The Division of Special Education / Early Intervention Services at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has developed numerous resources for parents and educators as they work together to support student achievement. We at MSDE look forward to a continuing collaborative relationship.”
—Dr. Carol Ann Heath-Baglin, Assistant State Superintendent

How do we identify and intervene with young children — birth to 5 years old?

The Early Childhood Gateway is an online resource for providers and families with young children with disabilities, birth through five.

Early Intervention (Birth 3)

Early Intervention (Birth 3) provides resources about related services for young children with disabilities, ages birth to three. It includes information on the following topics:

Preschool Special Education

Preschool Special Education (3-5) provides resources about Maryland's system of special education and related services provided for young children, ages three through 5, with disabilites. It includes information on the following topics:

Early Childhood Tutorial

Early Childhood Tutorial consists of three web-based modules focused on the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Process and the transition for children and families to preschool and community-based programs. The three tutorials are the following:

Early Childhood Community

The Early Childhood Community is an open community for leaders, providers, and parents of young children with disabilities.