Divisions/Programs

Who We Are

The Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services provides leadership, accountability, technical assistance, and resource management to local school systems, public agencies, and stakeholders through a seamless, comprehensive system of coordinated services to children and students with disabilities, birth through 21, and their families.

Our mission is to close existing gaps between children with disabilities and their non-disabled peers by fine-tuning our key measures of success and key strategies for implementation and expanding our innovative tools, resources, and evidence-based practices. Our bold vision is that all students, including students with disabilities, will be ready for school, achieve in school, and be prepared for college, career, and community living.

In The Spotlight: The All-New Maryland Learning Links!

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The Division's online portal for the early intervention and special education community is all new!

Explore Maryland Learning Links for resources, guidance, and professional learning in the three action imperatives that support our vision to narrow the gap for students with disabilities. Discover birth to kindergarten resources for young learners. Learn how to support all students, birth through age 21. Find strategies to prepare students for life after school.

Maryland Learning Links is a partnership of the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services and the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Center for Technology in Education.

Stay Connected

Narrow the Gap Early Childhood

Discover birth to kindergarten resources for young learners.

Narrow the Gap Access, Equity, Progress

Learn how to support all students, birth through age 21.

Narrow the Gap Secondary Transition

Find strategies to prepare students for life after school.

Learn how Maryland is working to Narrow the Gap.

​The Division's call to action is to narrow the achievement gap in Maryland by ensuring students with disabilities receive access to the general education curriculum and specially designed instruction. Learn more about our work.