State Interagency Coordinating Council

​The Maryland State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) is established in accordance with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part C). The mission of the SICC is to advise and assist the lead agency (Maryland State Department of Education) in administering, promoting, planning, coordinating, and improving the early childhood intervention and education system of services.


The SICC is comprised of stakeholders in Maryland's early intervention and education system of services for children ages birth to kindergarten. Membership includes parents of children with disabilities, service providers, personnel preparation staff from local universities, state agency administrators, and Sate legislators.


  1. Parent – Mai Hall, Vice-Chair (Howard County)
  2. ParentRoikensha Craig (Howard County)
  3. ParentAnna Benshoof (Baltimore City)
  4. Parent – Kristin Murphy (Harford County)
  5. Parent – Vacant
  6. Parent – Vacant


  1. Provider - Brenda Hussey-Gardner, Ph.D., Chair (University of Maryland, School of Medicine)
  2. Provider - FloJean Speck (Maryland Family Network)
  3. Provider - Anna Maria Wilms Floet  M.D. F.A.A.P (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
  4. Provider - Jennifer Harwood (Howard County)
  5. Provider - Cynthia Bouchard, M.S., CC (Anne Arundel County)


  1. State Legislator - Vacant


  1. Personnel Preparation Christy Tirrell-Corbin, Ph.D. (University of Maryland, College of Education)
  2. Personnel Preparation - Cecilia Leger (Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education)


  1. State Partner - Marcella E. Franczkowski, M.S., (MSDE, Early Intervention Services/Preschool Special Education, Birth Through 5)
  2. State Partner - Margaret "Mike" Berman (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Medicaid Programs)
  3. State Partner - Pamela Bush-Jones (Union Baptist Headstart)
  4. State Partner - Cynthia Lessner (MSDE, Child Care Office)
  5. State Partner – Michele McCoy – (Maryland Insurance Administration)
  6. State Partner - Valerie Ashton-Thomas (MSDE, Homeless Education)
  7. State Partner - Peaches Wilson (DHR, Foster Care)
  8. State Partner - Mary LaCasse, M.S., Ed (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Family Planning and Home Visiting)
  9. State Partner - Elizabeth Hall (Maryland Department of Disabilities)
  10. Ex-Officio Member - Rachel London, Esq. (Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council)

Meeting Dates

The SICC will hold four General Meetings and one SICC/LICC joint meeting during the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. General meetings provide SICC membership, families, partners, and concerned citizens the opportunity to provide comment regarding Maryland's system of early intervention and preschool special education services. General meetings are also an opportunity for members and other interested parties to participate, in person, in the work of the Council.

All meetings are open to the public.

Requests for special accommodation, including interpreter and translator services, must be received at least 2 weeks prior to a scheduled meeting to allow enough time to secure a service provider. For meeting information or to request special accommodations, contact the MSDE, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services at 410-767-0249 or toll free in Maryland at 1-800-535-0182.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

1-3:30 pm, JHU Center for Technology in Education, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Thursday, December 5, 2019

1-3:30 pm, JHU Center for Technology in Education, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Thursday, February 6, 2020

1-3:30 pm, JHU Center for Technology in Education, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Thursday, April 2, 2020

10 am -2 pm, JHU Center for Technology in Education, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046


10:00 am - 1:00 pm WebEx Webinar

The SICC Executive Team will meet five times during the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. At these meetings, the SICC Executive Team plans agendas for upcoming General Meetings and discusses relevant topics to bring before the entire membership. Executive Meetings are open to all SICC members. Non-Executive team members planning to attend are asked to provide notice to MSDE ( at least five business days before the scheduled meeting date. All Executive Team Meetings will be held by conference call. The call-in number is 515-604-9099. The meeting ID is 890-096-050.

Contact Information

Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program
Division of Early Intervention/Special Education Services
Maryland State Department of Education
Phone: 410-767-0238
Fax: 410-333-8165

State Interagency Coordinating Council

Executive Team Meetings

  • Thurs., August 1, 2019, 1- 2 p.m.
  • Thurs., October 31, 2019, 1-2 p.m.
  • Thurs., January 9, 2020, 1-2 p.m.
  • Thurs., March 5, 2020, 1-2 p.m.
  • Thurs., May 7, 2020, 1-2 p.m.

SICC Meeting Minutes

SICC Meeting Agendas

Additional Resources