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21993 Bundy Road, Building 2090
NAS Patuxent River, MD 20670-1132
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires states and territories to provide early intervention and special education services to eligible children and young adults. Early intervention services, or EIS, are available for children from birth to 3 years old, and special education services are available to children from 3 to 21 years old. Installation EFMP Family Support providers can provide specific information and resources for these services.
All states and territories must provide early intervention services to children who have, or are at risk for having, developmental delays, from birth to their third birthday.
Most CONUS locations, local school districts or health departments provide these early intervention services. The program is called different names in different areas, but it is often referred to as Part C because that is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention. The Education Directory for Children with Special Needs has a list of resources specific to each state to help you determine who you should contact. Your installation EFMP Family Support provider can also answer your questions.
If you are moving OCONUS or to a CONUS location with a DODEA school (and you live on installation), your child will receive EIS through the Defense Department’s Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, or EDIS, program.
When moving, you should hand carry copies of your child's most current individual family service plan, or IFSP, and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
All states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 through 21.
When a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the new school must provide a free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, until the previously held IEP is adopted or a new one is developed and implemented. When a child transfers to another state, the receiving school must provide comparable services until an IEP review can determine if a new evaluation or IEP is appropriate.
If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand carry all necessary school and medical documents, including the most current IEP and current evaluation reports. Hand carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school to begin the process as soon as you arrive.
Calvert County Public Schools serves children who are identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and receive special education and related services. Services are determined on an individual basis and are delivered in accordance with each child's Individualized Education Program.
The majority of the students receive their services in their neighborhood schools. Related services such as vision, hearing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language, and assistive technology are available throughout the school system. In addition to the school-based programs and services, the county has a variety of specialized regional programs including an active Child Find program, early intervention services, behavioral development programs, and functional living skills to meet the Federal requirement of continuum of special education services to provide a free appropriate public education for all students.
Detailed information regarding special education programs offered through Calvert County Public Schools are posted on the school systems website at https://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/departments/special_education.
Charles County Public Schools has special education programs for children from birth to age 21. Each school offers special education and related services for students who require specialized instruction. Vision and hearing services, as well as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy services are also available.
Regional programs in the elementary and secondary schools provide alternative curriculum or behavioral approaches for students who may require more intensive academic or behavioral support. Early intervention services are available through the Infants and Toddlers program and through Child Find. Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of Early Intervention Program or Preschool Special Education. The Adult Independence Program (AIP) offers job training and placement assistance to older students who will receive a certificate of completion.
Detailed information about special education programs offered through CCPS are posted on the school system website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/special-education.
St. Mary's County
St. Mary's County Public School System provides learning activities and experiences that will guide all students. The commitment of special education is to fulfill the promise of an effective education that prepares students academically, socially, emotionally, and functionally for adult life. A specifically designed instructional program is set forth to meet the needs of students identified as having educational disabilities.
Services include specialized classroom instruction, speech/language therapy, counseling, nursing services, services for the visually impaired, assistive technology, resource assistance to classroom teachers, home instruction, and related services. The county offers a continuum of special education programs at all schools.
Detailed information about special education programs offered through SMCPS are posted on the school system website at https://www.smcps.org/se.