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.
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. Read more...
Be a parent Special Education leader. California Education Code requires each SELPA to have a Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC) whose members are both parents and professionals. CACs have several functions including advising the SELPA on Special Education and providing parent education. Meetings are open to the public. See below and check with your SELPA for meeting times, dates and locations.
SELPA / CAC Contacts
Marin, Napa, Solano & Sonoma Counties
Napa (SELPA) 707.253.6807
Shelton Yip, Napa County SELPA Director
2121 Imola Avenue | Napa, CA 94559
Meetings: 2nd Wed of each month 1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.
Napa County Office of Education | 2121 Imola Ave. | Napa.
Sonoma (CAC) 707.524.2750
Catherine Conrado, Ed.D., Sonoma County SELPA Director
5340 Skylane Boulevard | Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Santa Rosa City Schools’ Board Room | 211 Ridgway Ave. | Santa Rosa
Upper Solano (SELPA) 707.399.4460
Sam Neustadt, Director Solano County SELPA
5100 Business Center Drive | Fairfield, CA 94534
Meetings: 3rd Thursday of each month Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Solano County Office of Education | 5100 Business Center Drive | Fairfield
Vallejo (CACSE) 707.556.8921
George Anich, SELPA Director and Director of Special Education
Vallejo City Unified School District Office | 665 Walnut Ave (on Mare Island) | Vallejo, CA 94592
Meetings: Check with SELPA office for dates