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

The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), also known as the Autism Waiver, Seeks Providers

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is hosting an informational workshop for individuals/agencies interested in becoming an Autism Waiver provider. If you are interested in learning more about the Autism Waiver and the application process to become a provider, please join us at our upcoming Prospective Provider Workshop.

Autism Waiver Prospective Provider Workshop

May 23, 2019 9 am–2 pm

Anne Arundel County Board of Education, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 2140

Pre-registration is required. To register or receive additional information, contact Lillan Cox, 410-767-0046 or lillan.cox1@maryland.gov. For more information on the Maryland Autism Waiver, go here.

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.

Stay Connected

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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