Family Support

Fall 2020

Welcome Back!

I sure hope everyone had a good summer despite the pandemic. It seems that a lot of families spent more time at home together and some worked on projects at their houses instead of going on a vacation. Whatever, you did this summer, I hope it helped to get you and your family relax and bond. I hope it also helped get you geared up for a great school year, whatever it may look like.

I will be in my office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday's. I will be working virtually from home on Wednesdays so that the building can be deep cleaned. My office phone is linked to my email so I am still able to get messages if you call. As always you can reach out by email as well (see below for phone and email).

I hope that everyone is able to make smooth transitions with the start of the year being virtual and hope for smooth transitioning to the proposed Hybrid model in October. Please reach out to your child's case manager for help prior to experiencing too much stress. You can also reach out to me for guidance.

Let's lean on each other while we make adjustments and changes throughout the school year.

And, let's make this a great year!!



Facebook: CCPS Office of Special Education Birth-21

Twitter: @CcpsOf

Big picture

Family Support Nights 2020-2021

Family Support Nights will look a little different to start our school year. Hopefully we will be able to back in person at some point. Unfortunately the September Back to School Picnic had to be canceled due to COVID. October events are being confirmed and are listed below. These WILL BE virtual. A presentation on using Effective Behavior Strategies will be held in October, a date is being confirmed. At this time, November presentations will be virtually and, if possible, in person as well. More information will provided as we move forward and dependent on state and county regulations which must be followed.

Last school year, I utilized Sign Up Genius for presentations. Please look for flyers with the link to Sign Up Genius for this year's presentations as well.

Big picture

SECAC (Special Education Citizen's Advisory Committee) and Town Hall Meetings

What is SECAC?

The Carroll County SECAC is a committee established by Carroll County Public Schools to seek meaningful input from parents, community partners, service providers, educators, and administrators on local issues about the achievement of students with disabilities. This collaboration enables the director of special education to make positive changes in the delivery of special education services. If you have concerns and desire to bring about positive change please consider becoming an active member in this constructive process. For information on meetings, see below. The CCPS SECAC now has the ability to broadcast meetings. To watch the meetings, use the Video on Demand link on the CCPS Site, go to:

Dates and Times of Meetings:

    • September 16- SECAC-Bylaws discussion (Virtual) 7:30-8:30
    • October 21- Virtual Town Hall with CCPS Personnel 6:00-7:00
    • November 18- SECAC-(Virtual) 6:00-8:00
    • January 20- Virtual Town Hall with CCPS Personnel 6:00-8:00
    • February 17- SECAC-(Carroll County ARC) 6:00-8:00
    • March 17- Virtual Town Hall 6:00-8:00
    • April 21- SECAC (Carroll County ARC) 6:00-8:00
    • May19- Virtual Town Hall 6:00-8:00

Need help with Internet Connections? Visit your local Public Library. Go to: or call 410-386-4488. Or see brochure below:

Big picture

Virtual Learning Meal Distribution!! Starting September 14th!! See below for more information!!

Big picture

Other Resources

Basic Needs:

WIC-410-876-2152 or email:




Behavioral Health Crisis:

Carroll County Mobile Crisis: 410-952-9552 or

Step Behavioral Health:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: 741-741

**Always call 911 in the event of a behavioral health emergency.**

Domestic Violence

Family and Children's Services-Carroll County Office: 410-876-1233 or

Carroll County Hotline 24/7: 443-865-8031 or

Child Abuse: To report suspected child abuse or neglect or to request assistance in an overwhelming situation where children may be at risk, call, 410-386-3434.

State and Local Resources

Children's Mental Health Matters:

Carroll County Behavioral Health Resources and Services Directory:


Library Resources

The Lending Library is still open! Please be patient with me getting material to you. If you are interested in checking out materials, go to: call 410-751-3955 or email me @:


Carroll County Public Schools also has a new eBook and audiobook platform.

We are excited about the county’s new eBook and audiobook platform Sora. Students can borrow eBooks and audiobooks from their school's library as well as connect to the public library with just a few clicks. Students can access Sora through Clever or download the app to access it through a phone or tablet.

With Sora, students can borrow a book and start reading with a single tap, define words within a book, and select font type and size, including a dyslectic font. A variety of titles to choose from. So easy and fun to use!

Access through Clever or visit and find the school name Carroll County Public Schools.

Happy Reading!

Upcoming Expo

The World of Possibilities Disabilities Expo is being held at the TownMall of Westminster on October 3 from 11:00-4:00 (see event button below to add to your calendar!!) and see the link for more information! I will have a table there. I would love for you to come visit me! It's always great to see people and get to chat in person! or call 410-549-5707 for more information

World of Possibilities Disabilities Expo

Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 11am-4pm

400 North Center Street

Westminster, MD

When to cancel services (Birth-Kindergarten parents) or keep your child home (Kindergarten-21)-A good reminder

To determine when you or your child should not participate in services or attend school due to illness please consider the following two factors:

1. The first step would be to determine how your child feels—a sick child is probably not going to benefit from the school and/or services; and

2. Secondly, it is important to consider whether the condition is contagious. Every effort is made to provide school/services in a healthy environment and to prevent the spread of illness.

The following are times when your child probably should not be receiving services, either at home, in a center (birth-Kindergarten) or in school (all students):

â A temperature of 100 degrees or over– your child should be free of fever for 24 hours without medication, before resuming services or sending your child to school.

â Vomiting or diarrhea that continues during the night and into the morning-your child should be free of vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours.

â Respiratory symptoms accompanied by a fever.

**For Birth-K families receiving services in home or in a child care setting: If your child or another family member has been diagnosed with an illness such as chicken pox, strep throat, impetigo, live lice, or ringworm please contact your service provider, early intervention nurse to discuss when your child should resume services. If you are unsure about your child's ability to participate in his/her program, an early intervention nurse can consult with you and assist you in making this decision.

**For School Age children: if your child has chicken pox, impetigo or live lice, they should be kept at home. For strep throat and ringworm, consult your child’s doctor.

â The best way to prevent spread of germs is frequent hand washing.

From the Department of Health of Maryland:

COVID-19-like illness is defined as:

1-Any 1 of the following: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, OR

2-At least 2 of the following: fever of 100.4 degrees or higher (measured or subjective), chills or shaking chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, and congestion or runny nose.

Please do not send your child to school if he/she has any of the above symptoms. Please report this information to the school that your child attends as soon as possible.

Inclement Weather Reminders

**For Birth-Kindergarten Families receiving services in home or in a child care setting:

In the event of inclement weather, please listen to local radio or television stations or check the CCPS website for school closings, late openings, or early dismissals to determine if your home visit, therapy appointment, evaluation, group, or meeting has been canceled.

*Closed*—When CCPS is closed there will be no home visits, appointments, evaluations or meetings.

2-Hour late —Appointments before 10:00 a.m. are canceled. Appointments after 10:00 a.m. held as scheduled.

1—hour late —Appointments before 9:00 a.m. are canceled. Appointments after 9:00 a.m. held as scheduled.

Early closing 3 hours—Appointments after 12:30 will be canceled

Early closing 2 hours—Appointments after 1:30 will be canceled

Early closing 1 hour—Appointments after 2:30 will be canceled.

NOTE: When home-based services resume following a snowfall, please be certain to clear a space for staff to park and assure a clear path to the entrance door.

**School aged children should follow CCPS Inclement weather policies and procedures.

Judy Center Early Learning Hubs at Robert Moton, Cranberry Station, Elmer Wolfe and Taneytown Elementary Schools

The Carroll County Public Schools Judy Center Early Learning Hubs at Robert Moton, Cranberry Station, Elmer Wolfe and Taneytown Elementary Schools serve the needs of families with children in the above school districts ages prenatal up to age 5. We offer a variety of comprehensive services to support children and families. Our ultimate goal at the Judy Center is to support children’s success in school and in life.

Our Programming Includes:

    • Come Learn With Me Playgroups held weekly
    • Family Engagement Events and Activities
    • Family Support
    • Partnerships with local childcare providers to ensure the availability of quality care
    • Summer Programming
    • Parent Workshops
    • Parents as Teachers Home Visitation Program
    • Collaborations with community resources/ agencies
    • Referrals for support services
    • Monthly Newsletters

*We will still be holding virtual playgroups, family events and parent sessions during COVID.

Interested in learning more about the Judy Center Early Learning Hub?

Please visit the CCPS webpage here:

to learn more!

Birth to Kindergarten

The Birth to Kindergarten program has a new look!! Check it out!!

CCPS Birth to Kindergarten, new link:

Another great resource is Ready at Five:

For some resources to help during COVID:

Caring for each other:

Health Emergencies:

"For Now Normal:

Watch this short video for 10 Tips to Support Young Children:

10 Tips to Support Young Children During the COVID-19 Crisis


Post-Secondary changed it's name!! Post-Secondary is now called Transition Connections Academy (TCA).


The Carroll County Public Schools Transition Connections Academy is dedicated to empowering young adults with disabilities so they will be self-directed individuals, responsible citizens, autonomous communicators, and active participants in their community workplace.

We recognize and value individuality and focus on nurturing the unique gifts and talents each of our students have to offer.

Our mission is to provide relevant academic instruction, authentic vocational experiences, and to build strong community partnerships so our students are prepared with skills they will need to face the challenges of the future.

For more information contact Mary Pat Dye, Program Coordinator @ or call 410-751-3620

Waivers!! Your child may be eligible!!


Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed.

Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities Management, (410) 751-3177, or the Communications Officer, (410) 751-3020, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157.