For Families of Children with Disabilities (Birth Through 21)
Helpful Directories and Publications
Publications from the Early Childhood Intervention and Education Branch: Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program and Special Education Preschool Education
Family Support Network (birth to 3)
The Family Support Network (FSN) was created to meet the needs of Maryland families with children, birth to 3, who have been identified as having developmental delays or disabilities. Each local FSN, which is staffed by a parent of a child with a disability, provides information to families regarding community services; refers families to local support groups, workshops, and advocacy groups; provides opportunities for families to network and share ideas and experiences; and helps to link "experienced" parents with parents of newly identified children with similar special needs.
Preschool Partners (3 through 5)
To help support families during the transition from the Infants and Toddlers Program (ITP) to the local school schystem (LSS) preschool special education program or other community-based early childhood setting—or from preschol into a school-age program—the Maryland State Department of Education makes funding available to expand services provided through the local Family Support Network (FSN). Preschool Partners provide ongoing support to families of children ages 3 through 5, maintaining the connection with the local ITP, as well as fostering new connections among families, preschool programs, and community services.
Partners for Success (3 to 21)
Partners for Success Centers, 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. Specifically, Partners for Success Centers seek to:
- 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 making informed decisions regarding their child's education
- Increase collaborative relationships through information and training
A parent of a child with disability and an educator staffs each Partner for Success Center.