Child Development Services (CDS)

CDS would like to create a number of listservs to support collaboration across sites and contracted providers. The intent is to provide an opportunity for the birth-to-5 special education as a whole to share ways in which they are continuing to provide supports and services to children and families, to participate in joint solution-finding to address challenges, to share resources, and to celebrate successes. Please access the survey below to ensure that you are included in the appropriate listservs. Click Here for Survey


Guidance to CDS Contracted Providers Regarding Service Provision During the Civil State of Emergency, March 16, 2020. Click here


Comments Sought on Maine’s IDEA Part C Application

The Maine Department of Education and Child Development Services are seeking comments from the public on its annual application for federal funds under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which covers services to children with developmental delays, birth through two.

The application, which covers Maine fiscal year 2021 (starting July 1, 2020), is posted on the Child Development Services webpage at Part C Application. The Part C budget is projected on the basis of Maine’s award for the current State fiscal year (2020), pending the State’s receipt of the finalized federal award for the coming year. The document will be posted until May 1, 2020.

Written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Please send comments to Roy Fowler at or 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.


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The Child Development Services system is an Intermediate Educational Unit that provides both Early Intervention (birth through two years) and Free Appropriate Public Education (for ages three through five years) under the supervision of the Maine Department of Education. The CDS system ensures the provision of special education rules, federal and state regulations statewide, through a network of regional sites.

CDS consists of nine regional sites and a state office. The state CDS office maintains a central data management system, system-wide policies and procedures, and provides centralized fiscal services for regional CDS sites.

Regional CDS sites provide case management and direct instruction for families with children from birth through age five. Each site conducts Child Find, which is the process of identifying children with disabilities. Screenings and evaluations are provided in order to identify children who are eligible for services. Regional CDS sites arrange for local services that include early intervention and special education and related services for eligible child from birth to age five and their families.