Parent Involvement Groups
The MSDE Family Support Section of the Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch, responds to parent inquiries, assists parents with navigating Maryland's early intervention and special education systems, and provides parents with school system resources.
Section Chief, Family Support Services
Maryland State Department of Education
Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services
- Increase parental involvement in the special education decision making process
- Provide information and resources about disabilities and community services
- Assist families in resolving concerns and to make informed decisions regarding their child’s education
- Increase collaborative relationships through information and training
- Inform families and build working relationships among families, schools and the community
- Family Support Network for Ages 0 - 3
- Preschool Partners for ages 3 - 5
- Calvert County Partners for Success for ages 5 - 21
- Lending Library
- Other Calvert County Partners for Success Services may include
The Family Support Network (FSN) helps to meet the needs of families with children, birth to 3, with developmental delays or disabilities in Maryland. Each local FSN provides information to families regarding information community services; refers families to local support and advocacy groups; provides opportunities for families to network and share ideas and experiences; and helps to link “experienced” parents to parents of newly identified children with similar special needs. The Family Support Network works closely with the Calvert County Infant and Toddlers Program.
To help support families when children transition from the Infants and Toddlers Program (ITP) to the Local School System (LSS) preschool special education program or other community-based early child-hood setting, the Maryland State Department Of Education (MSDE) has made funding available to local ITPs to expand services provided through the local Family Support Network (FSN). Preschool Partners provides ongoing support to families of children ages 3 through 5, maintaining the connections with the local ITP, as well as fostering new connections among families, preschool programs, and community services.
Calvert County Partners for Success, established as part of each local school system in Maryland, have as their goal the provision of knowledge and the development of essential skills fundamental to parents and professionals working together as equal partners in the educational decision making process.
Calvert County Partners for Success Lending Library, located at Child Find and Infants & Toddlers program at Calvert Country School, includes a variety of materials (books, audio tapes, videos and software) with a wide range of topics including information on varying disabilities, health issues, child development, parenting, teaching strategies, IEP information and much more.
If you would like more information about materials in our lending library, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will provide various workshops periodically throughout the school year for both parents and educators. Topics will range from IEP information to behavior and social skills for your child. If you have a suggestion for a workshop topic, please email email@example.com.
Periodic newsletters containing information and events concerning disabilities in this community and the surrounding area will be distributed through the school to all parents of a student in a special education classroom. If you are interested and your child does not receive a newsletter please email the Calvert County Partners for Success Resource Center and let us know.
Parent Coordinator - Preschool Partners
Calvert Country School
1350 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
The Calvert County Special Education Citizens' Advisory Committee (SECAC) meets monthly to collaborate with and provide input to the Special Education Department. Membership includes parents, community members, and Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) staff.
SECAC Chairperson: Joseph Cormier
Calvert County SECAC needs YOU!
If you are interested in becoming a member, please call the Special Education department at 443-550-8400 or contact Joseph Cormier via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual SECAC Awards
Call for Nominations
The Calvert County Special Education Citizens' Advisory Committee (SECAC) invites parents, guardians, or students themselves to nominate the CCPS staff member (individual or team) who has made a difference in the life of their child with an IFSP, IEP or 504 accommodation plan in the 2022-2023 school year. Nominations can be submitted online, by mail, or drop-off and are due Friday, March 10, 2023.