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

Maryland Learning Links

Stay up-to-date on resources & 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.

Partnership in Action

Items of Interest

DEI/SES Branches

Contact Information

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

DEI/SES Spotlight

​Next Autism Waiver Prospective Provider Workshop Scheduled for September 23

Join MSDE and the Maryland Department of Health for an Autism Waiver Prospective Provider Virtual Workshop on Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn about Maryland's Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to become an Autism Waiver Provider. Click here to register.

Conversations for Solutions:

Leading Local School System Early Intervention and Special Education Administrators into a New School Year 

Marcella Franczkowski stands at a podium in front of early intervention and special education leaders. She is delivering State a

August 5, 2021, Assistant State Superintendent Marcella E. Franczkowski delivered federal, State, and local impact data updates to Maryland's local Directors of Special Education, Preschool Special Education Coordinators, and Infants and Toddlers Program Directors. The comprehensive unpacking of guidance, policy, resources, and information continues the Division's ongoing support for local leadership planning and implementation.

Dr. Joe Thomas, a retired Marine and the director of the Stockdale Center at the US Naval Academy, is enthusiastically speaking

Meeting participants were treated to a motivational keynote by Dr. Joe Thomas, a retired marine and current director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy. Dr. Thomas delivered a message that helped the leaders understand how to restore their own well-being and support their local school system teams heading into the new school year.

The new state superintendent of schools stands with nearly 100 professionals during an August 5 2021 meet and greet

Following an afternoon of breakout workgroup sessions on post-pandemic hot topics, participants enjoyed their first opportunity to engage our new State Superintendent of Schools. The DEI/SES hosted a Meet-and-Greet opportunity for the State's early intervention and special education stakeholder community to meet Mr. Choudhury. Joining local school system directors were State legislators, education advocates, and representatives of institutes of higher learning that partner with the State to narrow the gap for Maryland students.

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.