This is an excellent website developed through a partnership between the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education. It is a resource for providers and families with children with disabilities. This website is filled with information for parents of children birth through age 5. Within the website, you will find explanations of the IFSP and IEP processes, links to specific resources, and an online forum for families to network and share. Very easy to navigate.

This is a website designed for those who care for children from birth through age three. It provides information about child growth and development and provides ideas for fun, age appropriate activities.

More resources to come

Positive Parenting Tips for Healthy Child Development (Infant-age 5):  /instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/Positive Parenting Tips for Healthy Child Development.pdf

MSDE surveys for Birth to 3 students will be coming to you in the next several weeks.  Surveys are due back to MSDE by November 9, 2018.  These surveys help Maryland and Carroll County plan workshops, trainings and education for parents, teachers and community members.  Please take 15 minutes to fill out the survey.  Frequently Asked Question document can be found here:  /instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/2018-2019 Family Survey FAQ.pdf
Free Flu Vaccine Clinic for chilrdren 6 months to age 18-November 14-4:00-6:00 and November 28-4:00-6:00 at CC Health Department.  See attached flyer for more details.  /instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/Flu Clinic.pdf
Resources for parents:
Parents As Teachers (PAT) and Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) are voluntary Parenting Support programs.  They are for parent/caregiver and child together, in the home, sharing age appropriate child development information, family well-being discussion and connecting the community agencies involved.  We can help with developmental issues, attachment/bonding (with children 6mos-24mos), help detect developmental delays and prevent abuse/neglect to name a few things.   See brochures for more information: PAT brochure/instruction/specialeducation/infants/Documents/_PAT brochure   and ABC brochure-/instruction/specialeducation/infants/Documents/ABC Parent Brochure.pdf
October 23-Interactive Webinar by Dr. Ira Chasnoff; NTI Upstream 2018-11:00-12:15-Child Abuse Reporting:  What is the Best Interest of the Child and the Family? and December 6-2:00-3:15-Screening:  How Effective is it for FASD?  /instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/NTI Upstream

Respite camp available for families of children with disabilities.  Some possiblities for the respite are:  an after school activity or camp or program, a weekend camps or weekend overnight camps.  Please see attached flyer and Application for contact information.  **Disregard the dates on the flyer for the original camp.  The flyer is accurate and information is to for the current time of year. 

Flyer for respite- /instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/Additional Respite Funds Flyer October 2018.doc   Application- /instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/Respite Camp Application-Checklist 2018 FINAL.pdf

November 2-10:00-Hayride for birth to 5 families!  See attached for more information and RSVP information-/instruction/specialeducation/infants/Documents/Baughers

Starting November 7th-Interested in Sign classes for your child?  See attached flyer for all of the dates and times.  /instruction/specialeducation/infants/Documents/Fall Sign Language

November 12th-At Carroll Springs School, 6:00-7:30-Fall Fest-see attached flyer for more information-/instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/Family Support Network Flyer for November 12.doc

November 13-6:30-7:30-Shauck Auditorium-Positive Discipline (a parent/caregiver workshop for families with children birth-6 years in Carroll County)-/instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/Positive Discipline Parent Workshop.pdf

November 20th-6:00-7:00-Do you need more help understanding the process of going from an IFSP to an IEP?  This presentation may be for you.  See attached flyer for more information.  /instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/IFSP to IEP


Save the Dates

Save the dates for the 2018-2019 school year for the following Family Support Network Nights.  These are typically held from 6:00-7:30 at Carroll Springs Elementary, dinner and childcare will be provided for most nights (please check back to this site and look for emails as the presentation night approaches).   For more information on the topics please email Tammy Chisholm at

November 12th-Fall Fest-currently advertised, RSVP to

December 3-Sensory Santa

February 11-IEP Topics

March 11-Communication needs

April 3-Behavior/Sensory topic

May 20-End of Year Picnic

*Please continue to check back on this site and look for emails about each night's presentation.  Topics are subject to change depending on availability of presenters.  As the winter season approaches please also be aware that the cancellation/early dismissal policy for schools will effect cancellation of that night's presentation.

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