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. 


​Maryland Learning Links

MARYLAND LEARNING LINKS is all new! The Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services' online portal has been refreshed to provide even more resources to ELEVATE outcomes for students with disabilities. Go to Maryland Learning Links where together, we–
  • ACCELERATE a strategic plan to narrow the gap for all students with disabilities.
  • ADVANCE our impact on early childhood outcomes, graduation rates, and higher education enrollment.
  • RISE with special education in the community.
  • EXPLORE key division resources.
  • EMPOWER through topical posts, including articles, blogs and videos.

Documents and Forms

Items of Interest

DEI/SES Branches

Contact Information

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


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month #NDEAM

2020 marks the 75th observance of NDEAM and the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Both milestones are being commemorated with a range of events and activities centered on the theme "Increasing Access and Opportunity." Read the U.S. Department of Labor's press release.

​Celebrating #NDEAM: Governor Hogan Recognizes a Transition-to-Work Program for Students with Disabilities

DEI/SES and Worcester County Public Schools joined Governor Larry Hogan on Monday, October 19, 2020, as he unveiled a citation to recognize Project SEARCH of Worcester County and its partner Atlantic General Hospital. The Worcester County Project SEARCH Transition-to-Work Program is a unique, business-led, one-year employment preparation program that takes place entirely at AGH. Learn more about the event and Project SEARCH on Facebook.

The American with Disabilities Act Turns 30 #ADA2020

Throughout the year, we celebrate 30 years of progress in access and inclusion. Signed into law July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act affirmed the inherent dignity of every person, regardless of disability. Learn how the country has made progress in access and inclusion.

Maryland Learning Links is the Division's online portal to resources to narrow the gap. 

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.