State

The Maryland Department of Disabilities

The website provides information on the following subjects:  Daily Supports, Disability Benefits, Education, Employment, Housing, Transportation, and much more. Also information on specific state programs.

217 E. Redwood Street, Suite 1300
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
800-637-4113

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Educates and informs policymakers about issues of importance to people with developmental disabilities and their families.   Focuses on bringing about lasting improvements in the areas of: education, early intervention, child care, community supports, employment, transportation, recreation, housing, health, and quality assurance.

217 Redwood Street, Suite 1300
Baltimore, MD 21202
800-305-6441

Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF)

MANSEF is not-for-profit organization of nonpublic special education facilities approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. MANSEF schools provide services for children and youth between 3 – 21 years of age with disabilities.

P.O. Box 6815
Baltimore, Maryland 21285-6815
410-938-4413

mansef@aol.com

The Parents’ Place of Maryland

The Parents’ Place provides information on special education rights, Individualized Education Program, access to health care, early childhood services, transitioning from school to adult services and many other related topics.  Information is by telephone, face-to-face meetings, family workshops, or leadership training series.

801 Cromwell Park Drive, Suite 103
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
410-768-9100

info@ppmd.org

Partners in Policymaking

The goal of Partners in Policymaking is to educate participants to be active partners with those who make policy and develop partnerships that are based on positive relationships. The Partners program is an e-learning site which gives Partners participants the opportunity to supplement their learning and increase their knowledge and understanding of best practices in the disability field, and learn how to communicate effectively with their elected officials. Five online courses are now available: Partners in Living, Partners in Time, Partners in Education, Making Your Case, and Partners in Employment.

Pathfinders for Autism

Pathfinders for Autism is a parent sponsored, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families.  Pathfinders provides information, resources, referrals, and training to families and professionals who serve individuals affected by autism.

410-769-9500 or 866-806-8400

info@pathfindersforautism.org

National PTA

The PTA has released a set of guides to help parents understand the Common Core Standards.  A two-page guide for each grade explains what parents should expect their children to learn in English and Math classes and offers some at-home activities to support the changes.  Click here for more information.

Baltimore City

Baltimore City Head Start

The Baltimore City Head Start Program is a federally funded preschool and family development program, providing quality, comprehensive early intervention services to low-income children and families since 1965.

Baltimore City has 17 Head Start programs operated by 14 delegate agencies. The Head Start Program for 3-5 year olds serves over 3400 children. Early Head Start, which serves pregnant women and kids up to 3 years old, serves over 200 throughout the City.

2700 N. Charles Street, Suite 201
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
410-396-7414

Baltimore City Public Schools Special Education

The Office of Special Education is responsible for ensuring that students with disabilities (birth to 21) living in Baltimore City receive a free appropriate public education in compliance with legal mandates. Special education and related services are provided as stipulated by the students’ Individualized Education Program. These services are provided in a continuum of settings, including regular education classes, resource rooms, self-contained classes, public, separate special education centers and nonpublic special education schools. Students with disabilities are educated in the Least Restrictive Environment with the appropriate supports and interventions to promote engagement in rigorous instruction, high achievement and postsecondary success for every student.

200 E. North Avenue, Room 204
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone number: 410-396-8900

Partners for Success-Baltimore City

Partners for Success is a resource center that provides families, professionals, and the community with information, training, and support.  The purpose of these centers is to provide the skills and knowledge that will enable families of children with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, and professionals to function as equal partners in the educational making process and to assist families in accessing services for their children.  Seminars and workshops are held, and there is a lending resource library.

For more information about the PARTNERS FOR SUCCESS: Resource Center for Families and Schools in Baltimore City, contact:

Partners for Success

Resource Center for Families and Schools
Baltimore City Public Schools
200 E. North Avenue, Room 204-A
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone 443-642-4221
Email: dcasey-pack@bcps.k12.md.us

Baltimore County

Baltimore County Head Start

The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.  Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children’s learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.  The program is housed in nine YMCA locations.

Children and Family Services and Community Development

Y of Central Maryland
Baltimore County Head Start
4375 Ebenezer Road, Suite E
Baltimore, Maryland 21236
(410) 248-0372

Baltimore County Office of Special Education

In accordance with the Blueprint for Progress, the Office of Special Education provides vision, leadership, and expertise to schools and offices regarding the implementation of curricular and instructional initiatives that support the achievement of students with disabilities in compliance with state and federal mandates. It is the commitment of this office that students with disabilities have access to a full continuum of services while being educated with nondisabled peers to the maximum extent possible.

6901 North Charles Street, ESS Building
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone:  410-887-3660

Baltimore County-The Resource Center for Families and Schools

The Resource Center supports parents of children with disabilities, ages birth to 21. Its mission is to promote positive, effective partnerships within the school community. Staffed by parents of children with disabilities, the center activities include but are not limited to the following services:

  • Maintains a lending library of articles, newsletters, books, and videotapes on a wide range of special education topics such as special education law, types of disabilities, support groups and recreational opportunities.
  • Seeks ways to encourage and strengthen communication between parents and school personnel.
  • Teams with educators to teach free workshops.
  • Makes community presentations to both parent groups and school staff.
  • Represents special education issues and concerns of parents and students with special needs.
  • Directs parents to available community resources.
  • Establishes a family-to-family support network.
  • Offers support to parents who need someone to talk to on an individual basis in a confidential, supportive atmosphere.
  • Coordinates the PTA Special Education Liaison Project.

White Oak Resource Center
Baltimore County Public Schools
8401 Leefield Road, Room 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
410-887-5443

Parent Lending Library for Special Education

A wide range of materials on disability topics. Easy to use! Borrow and return items using our interoffice mail system.
Open during the school year.

White Oak Resource Center
Baltimore County Public Schools
8401 Leefield Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
410-887-5443

Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee (SECAC)

  • Provides a community forum for issues pertaining to children with disabilities.
  • Meets monthly during the school year.
  • Open to the public.

Join the BCPS SECAC list serve at BaltoCo-SECAC @yahoogroups.com.

Baltimore County Public Schools
Office of Special Education
410-887-5443

PTA Special Education Liaison Project

Parents of students with IEPs volunteer to serve as liaisons between their school community and the Resource Center for Families and Schools, to share information and resources about special education.

White Oak Resource Center
Baltimore County Public Schools
8401 Leefield Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
410-887-5443

Child Find

A service provided to locate, identify and evaluate children ages three through twenty-one who are suspected of having an educational disability and who may be eligible for special education and related services.

Baltimore County Public Schools
Office of Special Education
6901 Charles Street
Towson, Maryland 21204
410-887-3017

Parent Surrogate Program

Volunteers are trained and appointed to represent a student, in place of a parent, in matters relating to the educational decision making process for special education. The appointment is necessitated when the parents whereabouts are unknown ( and remain unknown after reasonable efforts to identify and locate the parent or if a court has awarded guardianship or limited guardianship to a local government agency such as the Department of Social Services(DSS).

Baltimore County Public Schools
Office of Special Education
6901 Charles Street
Towson, Maryland 21204
410-887-3660

Baltimore County Public Library “Brainfuse” – FREE Online Tutoring

Chat with a tutor online from 2 p.m. -11:55 p.m., 7 days a week. Spanish -speaking tutors are available. All you need is a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

Calvert County

Calvert County Public Schools Parent Connections

Parent Connections is a resource center for families and educators in Calvert County concerning children with special needs.  Services are designed to inform families and build working relationships among families, schools and the community.

Family Support Network for Ages 0 – 3

The Family Support Network (FSN) helps to meet the needs of families with children, birth to 3, with developmental delays or disabilities in Maryland. Each local FSN provides information to families regarding information community services; refers families to local support and advocacy groups; provides opportunities for families to network and share ideas and experiences; and helps to link “experienced” parents to parents of newly identified children with similar special needs. The Family Support Network works closely with the Calvert County Infant and Toddlers Program.

Preschool Partners for ages 3 – 5

To help support families when children transition from the Infants and Toddlers Program (ITP) to the Local School System (LSS) preschool special education program or other community-based early child- hood setting, the Maryland State Depart.  Preschool Partners provides ongoing support to families of children ages 3 through 5, maintaining the connections with the local ITP, as well as fostering new connections among families, preschool programs, and community services.

Partners for Success for ages 5 – 21

Partners for Success Centers, established as part of each local school system in Maryland, have as their goal the provision of knowledge and the development of essential skills fundamental to parents and professionals working together as equal partners in the educational decision making process. Specifically, Partners for Success Centers seek to: increase parental involvement in the special education decision making process, provide information and resources about disabilities and community services, assist families in resolving concerns and to make informed decisions regarding their child’s education, and increase collaborative relationships through formation and training.

Parent Connections services include a quarterly newsletter, workshops and a lending library located at the Hunting Creek Annex which includes a variety of books, audio tapes, videos and software on topics related to disabilities health issues, child development, parenting, teaching strategies, IEP information and much more!

Hunting Creek Annex
4105 Old Town Road
Huntingtown, Maryland 20639
410-535-7387 or 410-535-7381

Calvert County Public Schools Special Education

The Vision of Calvert County Public Schools is that “all students can achieve”; therefore, we are committed to identifying and meeting the diverse needs of each student through individualized educational programming. It is our mission to work cooperatively with families, students, community, colleagues, and other professionals in order to promote each student’s success and well-being as he/she prepares for future endeavors.

410-535-7422

Calvert County Infant and Toddlers Program

The Calvert County Infants and Toddlers Program provides an array of early intervention services for children and their families birth to the age of three. Children who are experiencing a developmental delay, or who have an established condition are eligible.

4105 Old Town Rd.
Huntingtown, Maryland 20639
410- 535-7034

Calvert County Child Find

A service provided to locate, identify and evaluate children ages three through twenty-one who are suspected of having an educational disability and who may be eligible for special education and related services

4105 Old Town Rd.
Huntingtown, Maryland 20639
410-535-7034

Head Start-The Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc.

This Committee administers the federally funded Head Start Program in Southern Maryland, serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s County to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children and their families. Three and four-year old children are enrolled in part-day and full day classrooms.  Head Start develops lifelong skills for children and families by providing education, health and community referral services while respecting and nurturing individual needs.  The goal of the education component is to ensure children receive a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses all areas of their developmental needs. Services are FREE to all enrolled families and their children.

Central Office
Luther Stuckey Building
8371 Old Leonardtown Road
Hughesville, Maryland 20637

Calvert – 410-535-1010

Calvert County Locations

Huntingtown….410-535-0024

Patuxent (Lusby)….410-394-0200

Yardley Hills (Prince Frederick)….410-414-2198

The Learning Disabilities Association of St. Mary’s County

Information and help concerning special education issues.

P.O. Box 472
Great Mills, Maryland 20634
301-994-1329
ldasmc@gmail.com

Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health

The Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a grassroots coalition of family and advocacy organizations dedicated to improving services for children with mental health needs and their families, and building a network of information and support for families across Maryland.  The Coalition welcomes calls from families anywhere in the state and will make every effort to provide information, support and advocacy for each family.

Southern Maryland Office
P.O. Box 653
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

Street Address:
St. Mary’s LMB
23115 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

888-607-3637

Frederick County

Family Partnership of Frederick County

A community-based organization that provides family support and assistance to parents and their children to help them become self-sufficient.  Offers parent education including GED prep, child development, service coordination, home visits, youth services, health education, and peer support.

8420 Gas House Pike, Ste. EE
Frederick, Maryland 21701
301-600-2206

Frederick County Head Start

Provides low-income families with children from 3-4 years of age a comprehensive preschool program.  Also offers parent education and special services for children with physical or developmental disabilities.

401 Sagner Ave
Frederick, Maryland 21701
301-600-1024

Frederick County Public Schools-Dept. of Special Education

Provides specially designed instructions, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, or in hospitals.  Includes related services needed to complete the child’s individualized program and can include speech/language pathology services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, career and technology education.

301-644-5281

FCPS Partners for Success

Partners for Success is a resource center that provides families, professionals, and the community with information, training, and support.  The purpose of these centers is to provide the skills and knowledge that will enable families of children with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, and professionals to function as equal partners in the educational making process and to assist families in accessing services for their children.  Seminars and workshops are held and there is a lending resource library.

191 Waverley Drive
Frederick, Maryland 21702
240-236-8744

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Frederick County

Provides public education classes presented by experts in the mental health field and classes such as “Education Support: NAMI Basics”, and “Family to Family”.

301-663-9414

Prince George’s County

Prince George’s Community College Adult Education Programs

Provides GED preparation and ESOL classes for adults and young adults.

301 Largo Road
Largo, Maryland 20774
301-322-0891

Disability Support Services

TDD 0122, 0838

The Arc of Prince George’s County

Provides family services, infant and toddler service coordination, and employment service to people who have a disability.

140l McCormick Drive
Largo, Maryland 20774
301-925-7050

Melwood

Provides job training, employment, housing, recreation and life skills to. people with developmental disabilities.

5606 Dower House Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
301-599-8000

Prince George’s County Public Schools – Special Education Office

The K-12 Special Education Program supports the provision of specialized instruction for students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. The Program ensures that students with disabilities have the same opportunity as their non-disabled age peers to participate and progress in the general education curriculum, to the extent appropriate. The K-12 Special Education Program works collaboratively with the Division of Curriculum and Instruction (K-12), the Office of Professional Development and other school district departments to support the appropriate implementation of instructional programs for students with disabilities in comprehensive schools.

John Carroll Elementary School
1400 Nalley Terrace
Landover, MD 20785
301-618-8300

Adam’s House Health Center

Offers parenting education, family planning, health education, and job placement preparation to male adolescents and young fathers.

5001 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, Maryland 2074
240-492-2510

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Prince George’s County Branch

Provides advocacy, education and support group.

8511 Legation Road
New Carrollton, Maryland 20784-2825
301-429-0970

Greenbelt Cares Youth and Family Service Bureau

Provides family counseling, tutoring, GED preparation, and employment for teens.

25 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770
301-345-6660

Literacy Council of Prince George’s County

Available for individuals aged 17 and older who are not enrolled in school; Free tutoring for GED preparation classes and ESOL classes are available.

6532 Adelphi Road, Suite 101
Hyattsville, Maryland 20782
301-699-9770

Maryland Multicultural Youth Center

Provides GED preparation classes, job readiness training, employment placement, counseling and gang prevention for youth aged 11-24.

7411 Riggs Road
Hyattsville, Maryland 20783
301-431-3121

PGPS Partners for Success

Partners for Success is a resource center that provides families, professionals, and the community with information, training, and support.  The purpose of these centers is to provide the skills and knowledge that will enable families of children with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, and professionals to function as equal partners in the educational making process and to assist families in accessing services for their children.  Seminars and workshops are held, and there is a lending resource library.

Judy Hoyer Family Learning Center
8908 Riggs Road
Adelphi, Maryland 20783

301-431-5675

Special Education Citizen’s Advisory Committee (SECAC)

SECAC is a partnership between parents, families, community leaders, educators, and administrators working to effect positive systemic change in the area of special education. The committee meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at The Arc Building.

1401 McCormick Drive
Largo, Maryland
301-490-2461

St. Mary’s County

Citizens Advisory Committee for Special Education

The Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Special Education, or  CACSE (pronounced “casey”), is a group that provides input on special education issues to the Director of Special Education and the Board of Education for St. Mary’s County Public Schools.  Its purpose is to advise and advocate, not to decide policy.  CACSE meets the 3rd Monday of every month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Board of Education Building,

23160 Moakley Street
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

Head Start-The Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc.

Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc. administers the federally funded Head Start Program in Southern Maryland, serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s County to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children and their families. Three and four-year old children are enrolled in part-day and full day classrooms.  Head Start develops lifelong skills for children and families by providing education, health and community referral services while respecting and nurturing individual needs.  The goal of the education component is to ensure children receive a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses all areas of their developmental needs. Services are FREE to all enrolled families and their children.

Central Office
Luther Stuckey Building
8371 Old Leonardtown Road
Hughesville, Maryland 20637
St. Mary’s – (301) 475-5574 ext. 223

St. Mary’s County Locations

Holland Forrest (Hollywood)….(301) 475-0120

Jarboe Head Start (Lexington Park)….(301) 866-6595

Hunting Creek (Lexington Park)….(301) 866-9646

The Learning Disabilities Association of St. Mary’s County

Information and help concerning special education issues.

P.O. Box 472
Great Mills, Maryland 20634 (301) 994-1329

ldasmc@gmail.com

Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health

The Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a grassroots coalition of family and advocacy organizations dedicated to improving services for children with mental health needs and their families, and building a network of information and support for families across Maryland.  The Coalition welcomes calls from families anywhere in the state and will make every effort to provide information, support and advocacy for each family.

Southern Maryland Office
P.O. Box 653
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Street Address:
St. Mary’s LMB
23115 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

888-607-3637

SMCPS Partners for Success

Partners for Success is a partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) to provide services designed to inform families and build working relationships among families, schools, and the community. A parent/educator team staffs the center. This team assists families, students and educators by providing support, information and resources on disabilities and community services.  The center provides resources to enable families of children receiving special education services, and the professionals who work with them, to function as equal partners in the educational decision-making process. The services the Partners for Success center may provide include:  Special education resources, Information and referral, Assistance with IEPs, Seminars and workshops, Consultation, Lending library, and Information about local state and parent organizations.

Green Holly Elementary School
Office Suite A
46060 Millstone Landing Road
Lexington Park, Maryland 20653

Phone (301) 863-4069
Email: partnersforsuccess@smcps.org

St. Mary’s County Public Schools-Special Education

The Department of Special Education is responsible for providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to students with disabilities from birth through the age of 21 regardless of the severity of their disability. To the maximum extent appropriate, students receive instruction in the general education classroom with the necessary accommodations and adaptations provided by the general education and special education staff. St. Mary’s County Public Schools provides a full continuum of services for students with disabilities with adherence to the requirements of serving students in their home schools and in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) as determined by the student IEPs.

301-475-5511 ext 220

Talbot County

Talbot County Public Schools – Department of Special Education

The Talbot County Public School’s Special Education Department is responsible for providing students who are found eligible for special education services a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). An IEP (Individualized Education Program) is developed by the IEP Team, which denotes the specialized instruction and related services that are needed based on the areas that are impacted by the student’s disability. We are committed to educate students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment, to the maximum extent possible according to the student’s IEP, while providing a full continuum of services.

Talbot County Education Center
12 Magnolia Street
Easton, Maryland 21601

Talbot County Public Schools – Family Support and Resource Center

The Family Support and Resource Center provides families, professionals, and the community with information, training, and support. The purpose of this center is to provide the skills and knowledge that will enable families of children with disabilities, ages birth to 21, and professionals to function as equal partners in the educational making process and to assist families in accessing services for their children. Some of the support that is provided includes:

•  Workshops and parent support meetings
•  Opportunities to connect with other parents of children with special needs
•  Resource lending library
•  A  monthly playgroup for families in the Infants and Toddlers Program
•  One-on-one support with the parent coordinator

Family Support and Resource Center
Talbot County Public Schools
215 Bay Street, Suite 1
Easton, Maryland 21601
(410) 820-6940

Talbot County Special Education Citizen’s Advisory Committee (SESAC)

The Special Education Citizen’s Advisory Committee is a partnership between parents, families, educators, and administrators working to enhance services available to students with disabilities and to advocate for positive changes in special education in the Talbot County Public Schools. SECAC meets five times per year and all meetings are open to the public.

215 Bay Street, Suite 1
Easton, Maryland 21601
(410) 820-6940

Howard County

Howard County Public School Sys