What is a SELPA?

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...

Attend CAC meetings or join as a member!

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

Marin (SEAC) 415.499.5850
Jon Lenz, Director
PO Box 4925
1111 Las Gallinas | San Rafael, CA 94913
Meetings: Check with SELPA office for dates
Marin SEAC overview and nomination form  En Español

Napa (SELPA) 707.253.6808
Ginny Maiwald, Napa County SELPA Director
2121 Imola Avenue | Napa, CA 94559
Meetings: Check with SELPA office for dates
Napa County Office of Education | 2121 Imola Ave. | Napa.

Sonoma (CAC) 707.524.2752
Adam Stein, Sonoma County SELPA Director
5340 Skylane Boulevard | Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Meetings: Check with SELPA office for dates.
Santa Rosa City Schools’ Board Room | 211 Ridgway Ave. | Santa Rosa

Solano (SELPA) (707) 399-4460
Andrew Ownby, SELPA Director
5100 Business Center Drive | Fairfield, CA 94534-1658
Meetings: Check with SELPA office for dates

Vallejo City Unified School District SELPA 707-566-8921
Rachel Chang, Director, Special Education/SELPA
665 Walnut Ave, Vallejo, CA 94592
Meetings: CAC Check the website for dates, times, and locations.