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Child Development Services

The Child Development Services (CDS) system is an Intermediate Educational Unit that provides both Early Intervention (birth – two years) and Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE for ages three – five years) under the supervision of the Maine Department of Education. The CDS system ensures the provisions of Special Education Rules – Federal and State Regulations statewide through a contractual or grant relationship between the Department of Education and each regional site.

  • Provides case management and direct instruction for children birth through age five and their families.
  • Conducts ChildFind (the process of identifying children with disabilities) screenings and evaluations for children birth through age five.
  • Identifies eligible children through Part C or Part B and secure local service access for services.
  • Provides Early Intervention and Special Education programming in the following areas:
    • Physical Gross/Fine motor skills
    • Cognitive
    • Communication (Speech and Language)
    • Social/Emotional
    • Adaptive

To contact your CDS office:
Cumberland County
http://www.maine.gov/education/speced/
cds/sites/cumb.html

York County
http://www.maine.gov/education/speced/
cds/sites/york.html

Androscoggin County
http://www.maine.gov/education/speced/
cds/sites/andro.html

Search – Brunswick
http://www.maine.gov/education/speced
/cds/sites/search.html

Opportunities – Oxford County
http://www.maine.gov/education/speced/
cds/sites/opp.html

Other Useful Websites

Maine Department of Education
http://www.maine.gov/education/index.shtml

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
http://www.asha.org/

American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
http://www.audiology.org

Stuttering Foundation of America (SFA)
http://www.stutteringhelp.org/

Better Hearing Institute (BHI)
http://www.betterhearing.org/

United Way of Greater Portland
http://www.unitedwaygp.org

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