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


Lisa Sparr
Executive Associate
Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Office: (410) 767-0238
Fax: (410) 333-8165


Please join the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Department of Health at the Autism Waiver Prospective Provider Workshop on Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 9:30am to 12:30pm to learn more about Maryland's Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to become an Autism Waiver Provider. Please use this link to register. Thank you. 

A Parent's Guide to Navigating Compensatory Education during the Pandemic

Determining compensatory education / recovery services is complex, but there needs to be a system in place. How each school system works with families might look a little different, but this process is designed to help school systems approach this very complicated task to support all of our children with IEPs and IFSPs and give parents a voice in the process. MSDE's Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services has created A Parent’s Guide: Navigating Compensatory Education / Recovery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic to explain how compensatory education / recovery services are determined for children with Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP). Access the guide.

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.