East County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)
The East County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is composed of 11 local educational agencies (LEA) located in the southeast quarter of San Diego County, going east to the Imperial County line and south to our border with Mexico.
Who are we?
The East County Community Advisory Committee is a partnership of parents, educators and community members from 10 East County school districts working together to promote effective special education programs.
What do we do?
The primary functions of the CAC is to:
- Advise school districts in the East County SELPA on matters concerning students with disabilities
- Provide input on the local plan
- Support and provide parent education
When and where do we meet?
CAC Meetings are held at the East County SELPA Office, 924 East Main St., El Cajon. Business meetings begin at 6 p.m. In 2021-22, meetings will be held on:
- Monday, Sept. 13, 2021
- Monday, Nov. 15, 2021
- Monday, Jan. 31, 2022
- Monday, April 25, 2022
Contact the East County SELPA at EastCountyCAC@sdcoe.net or call 858-298-2214 for additional information.
- Overview of Services Provided
- Early Start Infant Programs
- Partnering with Families
- Professional Learning Opportunities
Most of the districts provide services to preschool students with disabilities, ages 3-5 years. The Grossmont Union High and Mountain Empire Unified school districts also provide special education and transition services for eligible students in the age range of 18-22 years.
Services are available to children birth to three years old who have significant delays in their development or have a condition with a known probability of causing a disability or delay. These services are provided by the Cajon Valley Union, Lakeside Union, and La Mesa-Spring Valley school districts.
If you are a parent who suspects your child may have a disability requiring special education or related services in order to receive a beneﬁt from their education, contact your local school district, SELPA, or the San Diego County Ofﬁce of Education for information and assistance. Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability and require public schools to provide free appropriate public education (FAPE) to children with disabilities pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Specialists in determining eligibility and educating students with disabilities will assess your child, at no cost to you, and determine whether your child is eligible for special education or related services under the standards of each act. Programs are offered by the public schools throughout San Diego County for children with disabilities between the ages of birth and 21. School districts may not discriminate on the basis of handicap, sex, race, national origin or age against any person who qualifies as a person with a disability.
As part of California Early Start, the East County SELPA provides quality early intervention services through the program at no cost to families through three East County school districts.
Cajon Valley Union School District provides services for families residing within the school district boundaries of Alpine, Dehesa, Cajon Valley, Jamul-Dulzura, and Mountain Empire.
La Mesa-Spring Valley School District provides services for families residing within its school district boundaries as well as the Lemon Grove School District boundaries.
In addition to serving those that reside within their boundaries, Lakeside Union School District also provides services to those residing in the Santee School District.
The Early Start program is a public special education program that offers services to infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. Services are available to children from birth to 3 years old who are showing significant delay in at least one area of development or have a condition with a known probability of causing a disability or delay. If you have concerns about your infant or toddler's development, you may make a referral by calling: 800-281-8252.
Once eligibility has been determined, an Individualized Family Service Plan is developed by a team that includes the family and early intervention specialist from an LEA, San Diego Regional Centers for the Developmentally Disabled and other California Early Start agencies.
If you believe your child may have a significant delay in their development or have a condition with a known probability of causing a disability or delay, you may make a referral by calling 800-281-8252.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)?
The IFSP is a family-focused, outcome-oriented plan written to address the infant/toddler’s developmental needs and family concerns.
What other agencies might I work with if my child receives services through an IFSP?
Early Start Services are from birth to my child's third birthday. What will happen when my child turns 3?
IEP support, resources, and training for East County families
Partnering with Families is a free and confidential service designed to assist families in making informed decisions and participate effectively in the development of their child's IEP. Services are coordinated by the Exceptional Family Resource Center in collaboration with the East County SELPA.
Relationship Building. Problem Solving.
We are committed to fostering positive, respectful relationships between families and school personnel and resolving conflicts cooperatively.
East County Parent Support Referral Line
Understanding Procedural Safeguards
In collaboration with attorneys from Disability Rights California. We review the procedural safeguards within California Ed Code and IDEA so that parents know their rights and understand their responsibilities.
- Date / Time: TBD
- Zoom Link: Please check our calendar at efrconline.org.
- Presenters: Disability Rights CA (DRC) and Moira Allbritton and Joe Goyos (Exceptional Family Resource Center)
Self-Care: Family Strengthening & Protective Factors
Join us for a practical session on self-care for parents / caregivers that introduces concrete strategies and tools to help them care for themselves as they care for their children.
- Date / Time: Jan. 24, 2022, at 6 p.m.
- Join Online via Zoom
- Presenter: Diane Storman (Exceptional Family Resource Center)
Entender las garantías procesales
En colaboración con abogados de Disability Rights California. Revisamos las salvaguardas procesales dentro del Código Educativo California y Ley de Educación de individuos con Discapacidades (IDEA) para que los padres conozcan sus derechos y comprendan sus responsabilidades.
- Fechas / Horarios: TBD
- Zoom enlace: Por favor, consulte nuestro calendario en efrconline.org.
- Presentadores: Disability Rights CA (DRC) y Moira Allbritton y Joe Goyos (Exceptional Family Resource Center)
Autocuidado: Fortalecimiento familiar y factores protectores
Únase a nosotros para una sesión práctica sobre el autocuidado para padres / cuidadores que presenta estrategias y herramientas concretas para ayudarlos a cuidarse a sí mismos mientras cuidan a sus hijos.
- Fechas / Horarios: el 24 de enero de 2022 / 6 p.m.
- Zoom enlace
- Presentador: Diane Storman (Exceptional Family Resource Center)
2021-22 East County SELPA Training Opportunities
- IEP Facilitation and Conflict Resolution - Oct. 25 to Oct. 29 or Nov. 1 to Nov. 5
- Evidence-Based Practices - Oct. 6, Jan. 26, and March 23
- RCHSD Speech Conference
- N2Y Coach Learning Pathways Webinar - Sept. 13-16
- Behavior Strategies for Parents - Feb. 22