Guidance & Resources

Guidance and resources for those who care for children with special needs under age five and in school.

Regulations & Guidelines

  • Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty (MUSER). This rule chapter is specific to the education of children with disabilities in Maine. Click "State Regulation: Chapter 101" to read the entire rule chapter.
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA is the federal law governing grants to states to ensure that children with disabilities, age birth to 20, are identified for timely evaluation and, if eligible, provided appropriate services in the least restrictive setting.
  • Early Childhood Learning Guidelines. The State of Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines serves as a guide for state and local early care and education practitioners' efforts to improve early childhood professional practice and programs for young children ages three through their entrance into kindergarten.
  • Infants & Toddlers Guidelines. Learn the requirements for supporting infants and toddlers, courtesy of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Supporting Programs

  • Due Process. The Due Process Office (DPO) assists parents and school districts with the resolution of special education disputes regarding the evaluation, identification, placement, programming, and the provision of a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) for children with disabilities.
  • MaineCare. School districts may be required to offer certain medical services to students, often covered or partially covered by Medicare.
  • State Personnel Development Grants Program. The Maine DOE has an approved grant from the Office of Special Services (Part C and B of IDEA) for SPDG.

Early Childhood & Preschool

  • Academic Calendar. Calendar for CDS Part B 619.
  • Child Outcome Summary. Progress for all children eligible for early intervention/special education is measured on three national child outcomes.
  • Early Intervention Central Directory. Statewide directory that includes accurate, up-to-date information about public and private early intervention services; professional and other groups; and in-state research projects related to infants and toddlers with disabilities.

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