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Santa Cruz County Special Education

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General Agency Information
Name: Santa Cruz County Special Education
Address: 400 Encinal Street
Santa Cruz,  CA  95060
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Contact Information
Primary Phone: 831-466-5780
Days/Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8-4
Description: "The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that disabled students between birth and twenty-two years of age, or until high school graduation, be provided with all educational and related services needed to receive a free appropriate education (FAPE). Disabled students requiring specialized settings or interventions beyond the scope of services offered by district general or special education programs, or public regional agencies are referred to Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Special Education Programs. The parents, district of residence, county office, and involved agencies collaborate to develop an IDEA compliant Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP) based upon student age, levels of functioning and needs.

The Santa Cruz County Office of Educations (SCCOE) Special Education Department is focused upon providing each student with highly effective individualized instruction and related support services so each student will achieve their full educational, social, emotional, and vocational potential. Continuing communication and collaboration with parents, school districts, involved agencies, and local businesses who provide student employment opportunities is essential to our programs.

ELIGIBILITY: children and youth from
birth to 22 years of age who are suspected
of having or have a diagnosed disability or
developmental delay. A referral may be made by a parent or by any person concerned about a child. Check the website under ""Child Find"" for details with contact information.
Programs: SCCOE Special Education services are divided into several programs:

These programs include: early child education (Early Start), developmental preschool, autism preschool (Chrysalis), students with severe challenges at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, students with significant emotional challenges at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and post secondary students at a high school campus and Cabrillo Community College.
Languages other than English: Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled Persons: Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation: Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility: See Description Notes
Fees: None
Areas Served: Santa Cruz County
Physical Location: Santa Cruz
Funding Source: State Government
Officials/Contact Persons
Officials: Dorothy Raab, Ed.D.
Director, Special Education

Deven Wood, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Director, Special Education
Subject Headings
Subject Headings: Developmental Disabilities
Early Childhood Education
Government Agencies
Information and Referral
Mental Illness/Emotional Issues
Physical Disabilities
Special Education
This agency was last updated on June 25, 2019.