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Each Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) develops a Local Plan that describes how it provides special education services.  The 2021-22 Amendment to Section B of the North Region SELPA Local Plan is currently under final stages of review for approval. Click on "LOCAL PLAN" above to see all Local Plan Sections.
Information for Parents


National, State, Bay Area, East Bay, County, SELPA, and District resources. Some resources are general and some resources are specific to COVID-19 and education. All are relevant for parents/caregivers of children with disabilities.

Recent news & Upcoming events

International Week of the Deaf

Deaf Awareness Week is a national week of celebrating deafness. It is observed annually throughout the last full week of September. The week focuses on promoting the positive aspects of deafness, encouraging social inclusion, and raising awareness of the organizations that support those who are deaf.

Bridging the Gap Mental Health Symposium

Thurs, September 23; 8:30am-1pm SCDD is partnering with three Bay Area Regional Centers (San Andreas, Golden Gate, and Regional Center East Bay) and other amazing organizations to host a virtual symposium addressing the Behavioral Health needs of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disability. (Spanish)

Webinar Series [SPANISH]: Rompiendo Barreras

Thursdays in September; 7-8:30pm A series of virtual workshops presented in Spanish and sponsored by DREDF, SCDD, and the Arc. Topics include accessing education & Regional Center Services.

State Special Education Director to Discuss Special Education Funding

Heather Calomese, California’s Special Education Director and Stacey Wedin, Education Administrator​ will discuss how ​California’s special education funding ​– including new federal and state funds – are intended to be spent, and how ​caregivers​ can be involved​.​ ​​Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 Pacific Register through link
Sep 27

CAC Meeting

Time: 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Oct 25

CAC Meeting

Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Location: Emery Center for Community Life, Building C Multipurpose Room 4727 San Pablo Avenue Emeryville, CA 94608
Oct 28

SELPA Policy Board Meeting

Time: 10 AM – 12 PM
Location: Piedmont Unified School District 760 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611, USA
Nov 24

CAC Meeting

Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Location: Emery Center for Community Life, Building C Multipurpose Room 4727 San Pablo Avenue Emeryville, CA 94608

What is a SELPA?

In 1977, all California school districts  formed consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region, called Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services.
The SELPA coordinates with member school districts to provide a continuum of programs and services for individuals with disabilities, from birth through 22 years of age. The SELPA is also available as a resource to the community on issues related to special education.
There are over 130 SELPAs in California, ranging in size from those serving fewer than 1,000 students to those serving more than 10,000 students. The North Region SELPA serves over 3,000 students with disabilities residing in its five member school districts.  

Child Find

Child Find activities are the responsibility of each Local Education Agency (LEA) and occur prior to a referral for special education services. These activities are designed to locate individuals, birth through 21 years of age, including children not enrolled in public school programs as well as children who are homeless or wards of the state and reside in the district and may be eligible for and in need of special education and/or related services.
Child find activities also foster awareness and understanding on the part of educators, parents and other community members of the referral procedures for special education, the eligibility criteria, and the continuum of special education programs and services available. Child find activities inform educators, community agencies, and parents/guardians of their right to refer their child for a special education assessment to determine eligibility and the need for special education services.
(E.C. § 56300 and 56301)

Member Districts

Pamela Kazee, Director
2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 337-7075
Cynthia Ortiz Front, Director
1200 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
(510) 559-6536
Shawn Mansager, Director
2020 Bonar Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 644-7733
Dr. Karen Steele, Director
1275 61st Street, Emeryville, Ca 94608
(510) 601-4907
Hillary Crissinger, Director
760 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611
(510) 594-2733