• California Department of Education and Contra Costa Special Education Local Plan Area


    California will provide a world-class education for all students, from early childhood to adulthood. The Department of Education serves our state by innovating and collaborating with educators, schools, parents, and community partners.
    Information and resources to serve the unique needs of persons with disabilities so that each person will meet or exceed high standards of achievement in academic and nonacademic skills can be found on the CDE Special Education website.


    In 1977, all school districts and county school offices were mandated to form 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, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services.  HERE is the 2023-2024 SELPA Local Plan.


    SELPAs are dedicated to the belief that all students can learn and that special needs students must be guaranteed equal opportunity to become contributing members of society. SELPAs facilitate high quality educational programs and services for special needs students and training for parents and educators. The SELPA collaborates with county agencies and school districts to develop and maintain healthy and enriching environments in which special needs students and families can live and succeed.

    The mission of the Contra Costa SELPA is Collaborative Planning for Student Success through participation of families, Local Education Agencies and other organizations.

    The Contra Costa SELPA works directly with all fifteen SELPA member districts and the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) to ensure that appropriate programs and services are available for students with disabilities under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2004). In addition, it works closely with non-public schools and agencies, businesses, institutions of higher education, local, state, and national elected representatives to ensure that meeting the educational needs of our students is a community priority.