Maryland's Infants and Toddlers Program

The Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program (MITP) directs a family-centered system of early intervention services for young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. By recognizing each family's concerns and priorities and focusing on each child's strengths and needs, the MITP assists families of children with special needs during the first four years of the child's developmental journey. Support, information, and coordinated services in community settings are what families tell us they need to enhance their ability to manage the challenges and celebrate the gifts that each child has to offer. To make a referral visit the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program online referral site.

Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program Part C Federal Appliaction

The General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) requires Maryland to make the proposed State Application for Federal Funds under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) available for public review for 60 days and to accept comments for at least 30 days. The Maryland State Department of Education federal fiscal year (FFY) 2022 State Application for Federal Funds under Part C of IDEA is available for public review from March 11, 2022 through May 11, 2022 on the MSDE website at 

The proposed FFY 2022 State Application under Part C of IDEA is also available for review by visiting the office of the lead agency director of any of Maryland's local Infants and Toddlers Programs. 

The application includes a checklist of assurances that Maryland has policies and procedures in effect to comply with the requirements of IDEA. Maryland assures that policies and procedures will be in effect as changes in State and local procedures are made consistent with the IDEA. The plan for expenditure of state-level IDEA funds by category is also a component of the State Application. 

Written comments will only be accepted from March 11, 2022 through April 11, 2022. 

Comments must be addressed to: 

Marcella Franczkowski, M.S.
Assistant State Superintendent 
Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

If you have any concerns regarding this notice, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Franczkowski at 410-767-0238.


The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEI/SES) has partnered with The Johns Hopkins University School of Education IDEALS Institute to develop a NEW public service awareness program to promote awareness of early intervention and preschool special education services that are available to families of children in Maryland - from birth to kindergarten - through the DEI/SES Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program and Preschool Special Education Services. Support the effort to reach families. 

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Local Infants and Toddlers Programs

The MITP provides monitoring and technical assistance to 24 local Infants and Toddlers Programs (LITPs) throughout Maryland. These programs are composed of local departments of education, health, social services, and other public and private providers identified by each jurisdiction. LITPs constitute the service delivery component of the statewide early intervention system. Through the LITPs, services are offered throughout the State and are designed to enhance a child’s potential for growth and development before he or she reaches school age. Services may include: audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, transportation, speech-language pathology, family training, special instruction, assistive technology, health services and home visits.

State Regulations

State regulations specify that a child, birth through age two is eligible for early intervention through the MITP in any one of three ways:

  • Has a 25% delay in at least one or more of five developmental areas (cognitive; physical, including vision and hearing; communication; social or emotional; adaptive);
  • Manifests atypical development or behavior in one or more of the five developmental areas, interferes with current development, and is likely to result in a subsequent delay (even when diagnostic instruments and procedures do not document a 25% delay); or
  • Has a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay.

In Focus

Local Program Contact Information
If you are interested in making a referral for a child, please locate the number for your county's Infants and Toddlers Program or visit the MITP online referral website.

Maryland’s Extended IFSP Option

Maryland’s Extended IFSP Option offers families the choice to remain on an IFSP beyond their child’s third birthday, if their child is determined eligible for preschool special education and related services as a child with a disability. The extension of IFSP services beyond age 3, incorporates the strength of the special education and preschool education program with the existing infants and toddlers family-centered model. The Extended IFSP Option moves Maryland toward its mission of creating a seamless, birth to kindergarten early childhood intervention and preschool special education system of services.

Contact Information

Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0238
Fax:     410-333-8165