Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)

Welcome to the San Mateo County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) web site. Our web site is designed for your use to access important information about special education for students with disabilities.

In 1977, all school districts and county offices were mandated to form consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide special education services for children with disabilities residing within the region boundaries. These regions were called Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs).

There are approximately 133 SELPAs in the State, ranging in size from those serving fewer than 1,000 students to those serving more than 10,000 students. The San Mateo County SELPA, serving over 10,000 students, is one of the larger SELPAs in the State of California.

Each SELPA must have an Administrative Unit (AU) which is the legal entity that receives funds and is responsible for seeing that every eligible child receives appropriate services. The AU for the San Mateo County SELPA is the San Mateo County Office of Education.

Important Notice

Our website is currently being updated.  If you have difficulty finding information that you need, please send an email with a brief description of what you are looking for and we will send you the link to your needed information.  You can contact Karen Breslow, SELPA Program Coordinator, at kbreslow@smcoe.org or Lilian Flores, SELPA Administrative Assistant, at lflores@smcoe.org.

Our Professional Development section is also being updated periodically; please check the SELPA Trainings Matrix 2017-18 for more information (click the link above and it will direct you to that document). 

Thank you for browsing our website and for your patience during this time of transition.