Nonpublic Special Education Section

​Public Private Partnerships

Public Private Partnership (PPP) classroom or program is a funding agreement between a Local School System (LSS) and a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved nonpublic special education program for the purpose of serving students with significant and intensive needs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The Public Private Partnership program is to enhance Individualized Education Program (IEP) services for students within their community. The partnership program is especially beneficial for a student with a short-term need, requiring an alternative special education program, who is experiencing a crisis or awaiting a more intensive placement.

Preventative Service Partnership

A Preventative Service Partnership is an initiative designed by the local school system to address the needs of an individual student or group of students who are at high risk of being placed in a nonpublic special education school. This partnership initiative meets a targeted need of a student or school system by utilizing wrap around supportive services within the public school setting. This partnership program is especially beneficial for a school system that has a plan to build local capacity for a specific and immediate need.



Sheila F. Philip, JD
Section Chief, Nonpublic Special Education
Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Office: (410) 767-1425

Resource Management and Monitoring Branch

Nonpublic Special Education Section


  • Activity Due Dates for PPP
  • PPP Application - Upon Request
  • PPP Fact Sheet
  • PPP Financial Worksheet  - Upon Request
  • PPP Verification and Assurances  - Upon Request
  • Preventative Service Plan - Upon Request