Early Intervention and Special Education Services

The MSDE Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEI/SES) 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 age 21, and their families. 


For Educators and Families

Partnership in Action

Items of Interest

Maryland Learning Links

Stay up-to-date on resources and strategies to Narrow the Gap.

Maryland Learning Links is the Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services comprehensive online resource for leaders, families, and providers of early intervention and special educations. Find resources to support the Division's strategic imperatives: early childhood, access, equity, and progress, and secondary transition; and COVID-19 updates to support students and their families during and after the pandemic.

DEI/SES Branches

Contact Information

Assistant State Superintendent Marcella Franczkowski Marcella E. Franczkowski, M.S.
Assistant State Superintendent
Division of Early Intervention and
Special Education Services
410-767-0238 phone
410-333-8165 fax


December hosts National Special Education Day!
Drawing of kids hanging from colorful balloons & the caption Dec 2 is Special Ed Day, together we soar

National Special Education Day commemorates the anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA ensures that all children with disabilities have access to a free and appropriate public education. In December and throughout the year, the DEI/SES appreciates the hard work and dedication of educators, service providers, and families who work to help children and students with disabilities succeed in the home, classroom, and beyond!

Stay Connected

Narrow the Gap Early Childhood

Discover birth to kindergarten resources to support 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 about the Division's call to action to narrow the achievement gap in Maryland.