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Harford County Public Schools – Department of Special Education believes that individuals with disabilities achieve their full potential in a comprehensive and coordinated birth to 21 system of services emphasizing high expectations for all.


Harford County Public Schools – Department of Special Education provides leadership, supports, and accountability for results to all stakeholders by way of a seamless, comprehensive system of coordinated services to children, students and youth with disabilities, birth to 21, and their families.

Special Education at a Glance

Special Education in Harford County Public Schools is a collaborative effort involving schools, families and community agencies working together to ensure a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to all children with disabilities, birth through age 21. Special education is defined as specially designed instruction, provided at no cost to parents, in order to meet the unique needs of a child with an educational or developmental disability. Services are provided in the least restrictive environment (LRE), to the maximum extent possible.

A Child with a Disability or Student with a Disability means a child, birth to age 21, evaluated in accordance with IDEA or COMAR having any of the following disabilities, causing an adverse effect on the child’s educational performance resulting in the need of special education and related services:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment (including Blindness)

Special education services are available in all Harford County Public Schools and across a range of learning environments.The district’s processes and procedures for disability determination, placement and service delivery align with federal and State regulations. Harford County Public Schools utilizes the Statewide IEP Process Guide as the framework for student educational planning and compliance with the Requirements of the 2004 Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Family Support Network (FSN) Birth – 3 years/ Preschool Partners (PP)
Kelly Nelson, FSN, PP Coordinator
Harford County Infants & Toddlers
100 Thomas Run Road - Bel Air, MD 21015
410-638-3823       Fax 410-638-3825

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. The local FSN provides information to families regarding community services, refers families to local support groups, workshops, and advocacy groups, and provides opportunities for families to network and share ideas.

El Sistema que soporte familia (nacimiento a edad tres)
El Sistema que soporte la familia fue creado para satisfecher las necisidades de familias en Maryland con niños , nacimiento a edad tres,quien han sido identificados que tienen un retraso de desarollo o discapacidades. El Sistema de soporte familia prove información para familias sobre los servicios de la comunidad,refiere las familias a grupos locales para apoyo,talleres, y grupos de defensores y prove oportunidades para familias para conectar y compartir ideas.

Partners for Success (PFS)
Roye Williams Elementary
201 Oakington Road - Havre de Grace, Maryland 21078
410-273-5579       Fax 410-273-5599

Partners for Success Centers, established as part of each local school system in Maryland, are available to parents as a resource and information center. Specifically, Partners for Success Centers seek to provide information about community services, assist families in resolving concerns, and increase parental involvement in the special education decision making process.

Compañeros para éxito (nacimiento a edad 21)
Los centros de compañeros para éxito, establecidos de una parte de cada sistema local de escuelas en Mryland, están disponibles a padres como un recurso y un lugar de información. Específicamente, Compañeros para éxito busca proveer información sobre servicios de la comunidad, ayudar familias en resolviendo preocupaciones, y aumentando la participación de los padres en el proceso de haciendo las decisiones de educación especial.

Harford County Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee
Meets the first Thursday of each Month (Except for December, July & August)
Harford County SECAC