SELPA Parent Resources


Child Find

The North Santa Cruz County SELPA is responsible for identifying, locating and evaluating students from birth to age 21 who may need special education services, including highly mobile (such as migrant or homeless) children with disabilities and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education. If you suspect your child may have a disability that adversely effects their educational performance, and is in need of specialized instruction please contact your local school district or the SELPA Office at (831) 466-5700.

Parent’s Rights

California Department of Education
Procedural Safeguards

For General Assistance or Information
regarding Special Education Programs
call 916-445-4613

Parental Rights and Procedural Safeguards for Special Education
NOTE: In order to meet the requirements of the Reauthorized IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education ACT) and the California Federal Corrective Action Plan, new statements of parents rights regarding Special Education have been drafted.

Parents, legal guardians, persons authorized to make educational decisions, and surrogate parents of children with disabilities from three years of age through age 21 have rights with respect to getting the appropriate services for their children in need of special education services.

These rights, also called Procedural Safeguards, are discussed in detail in the below Adobe PDF files.

To access information from the California Department of Education on Parents’ Rights and Procedural Safeguards, please go to

North Santa Cruz County SELPA Notification of Procedural Safeguards  (last updated on 10/2016)

Additional Resources

Parent Handbook for Special Education

Special Education Spanish Glossary

Transition Planning Information


This handbook is intended to be a useful guide of what to expect and how best to assist students with disabilities and their parents as they move into adulthood beyond their high school experience.

Special Education Websites

The California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) is a cross agency network developed to support the understanding and use of evidence based practices (EBPs) for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) across the state of California.

Diagnostic Center – Northern California

Diagnostic Center – Northern California

For information on Positive Parenting Program (PPP) Workshops, Resources and Support through First 5 Santa Cruz:

Contact First 5 Santa Cruz County
Phone: (831) 465-2217
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North Santa Cruz County SELPA Alternative Dispute Resolution process in place. ADR is an informal process for resolving conflicts. It is a process that respects the dignity of individuals while using communication, collaboration, negotiation and mediation to the meet the interests of the parties involved.

North Santa Cruz County SELPA has the following ADR Options:

  • Expanded IEP: Parties come back together to an IEP with additional information to discuss issues that remain unresolved. A SELPA representative may be invited to attend.
  • Facilitated IEP: A trained, neutral third party, usually a SELPA staff member, works with disputing parties to structure the IEP and facilitates the meeting.

If you are interested in the ADR process contact your local school district and tell them that you would like to participate in the SELPA ADR process. If you would like more information on the process you may contact the SELPA office at (831) 466-5700.