Mission and Vision

The Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEISES) 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 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. Our ultimate vision is to close existing gaps between children with disabilities and their non-disabled peers.

Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Key Resources

Items of Interest

Branches and Offices


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Marcella E. Franczkowski, M.S.
Assistant State Superintendent
Division of Early Intervention 
and Special Education Services
Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0238
Fax: 410-767-2488

In the Spotlight

Maryland Autism Waiver Renewal Application Approved

The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services is pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the 2019-2023 application to renew Maryland’s Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), commonly referred to as the Autism Waiver. This approval paves the way for a five­-year continuation of home and community-based waiver services, effective July 1, 2019, for a minimum of 1,200 children with ASD. Initiated in 2001, the Autism Waiver is a national model of collaboration between federal, State, and local health and education agencies. The MSDE is the Operating State Agency (OSA), and through partnership with the local school system, is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Autism Waiver. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is the single State Medicaid Agency (SMA) charged with the administration of Maryland’s Medicaid program and oversight of the Autism Waiver.

Maryland Learning Links 

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Rediscover the rich resources available online for families, educators, and providers of services to children and students with diverse learning needs and their families. The Maryland Learning Links site was developed using federal grant funding and is co-owned by the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services and The Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education (CTE). Visit today. Go to marylandlearninglinks.org.

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Early Childhood

Discover birth to kindergarten resources for young learners.

Secondary Transition

Find strategies to prepare for life after school.

Access & Equity

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

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