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All Children’s Guild Alliance’s schools are closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Our schools continue to provide distance learning during this time. Our headquarters and conference center are currently closed. Our staff is working remotely and maintaining regular operating hours. Read More

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Special Education FAQ's

Special Education Schools FAQs

This section includes frequently asked questions about The Children’s Guild’s special education program. Questions are sorted for caregivers and referral sources.

Questions for Caregivers

How do I know if my child should attend a school like The Children's Guild?

Meet with your child’s IEP team to determine if an environment like The Children’s Guild is the best approach for your child’s success. If your child doesn’t have an IEP, discuss this with the principal at your child’s school.

What is an IEP?

IEP stands for Individualized Education Program. It is a document that describes the special education and related services your child should receive. This includes established goals and objectives developed specifically for your child to meet and his address his current needs. Your child’s placement in special education and related services is based on his/her IEP. An IEP is developed by your child’s IEP team which consists of a group of highly qualified individuals, which may include:

  • Educators familiar with your child and his/her needs
  • Professional testers, e.g., speech pathologist, occupational therapist
  • Your child’s classroom teachers
  • Your child’s friends or advocates
  • You and, if appropriate, your child
Can I enroll my child in one of The Children's Guild programs, independent of the school system?

No. Before your child can enroll in The Children’s Guild, you must contact your child’s current school to request an IEP team meeting. The IEP team will determine if your child would benefit from a school like The Children’s Guild. The final decision and approval would come from your local school system.

Where do you need to live to attend a Children's Guild school?

We accept students from DC and Maryland. If the travel distance is a concern, you must receive permission from your school system.

Doesn’t my child's school already have special education programs?

Some schools do, however your child may benefit from a more structured, therapeutic environment.

How long is The Children’s Guild enrollment process?

The actual enrollment process can take just a few days; however, it can take a few months for you, your IEP team and the school system to determine that The Children’s Guild is the best educational environment for your child.

What are some of the legal rights that I have along with my child during this process?

The Maryland Disability Law Center, the protection and advocacy system for Maryland, published a handbook called “Special Education: Rights and Wrongs,” which describes your legal rights and the rights of your child regarding the special education for your child. 

What is a "least restrictive environment"?

The goal of special education is to provide an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment in which your child’s need can be met. This means that, as much as possible and in accordance with your child’s needs, your child must be educated with nondisabled children, and the school system must try to meet your child’s needs in a satisfactory way. The more a child’s education occurs only with other students with disabilities, the more restrictive the placement. In simpler terms, if a student is able to return to a least restrictive environment after being at The Children’s Guild, they are usually returning back to a public school near their home. They may return to a special education class within the school or back to a general education class environment.

After my child is admitted to day school, how long will he/she attend before transferring back to public school?

Yes. Since he or she will be an integral part of the child’s growth and development in the home, your spouse or significant other should attend training.

Will my child receive transportation to and from The Children's Guild?

Yes. As with public schools, the school system will provide your child with yellow school bus service to and from The Children’s Guild each school day.

Will my child's academic records transfer to The Children's Guild?

The length of stay depends on the permanency plan devised by the referring agency, the progress of the child in your home and the progress of the biological family. An average length of stay is 18 months if the child is going to return to his family. However, a foster child can stay with you until he or she is 18 years old and sometimes until age 21.

Do I have to pay for my child to attend The Children's Guild?

The number of foster children you can care for at one time depends on your ability, your enthusiasm, how many children you have of your own and how much room you have in your home. The Children’s Guild limits foster parents to having no more than two foster children at any one time..

Are breakfast and lunch provided at The Children's Guild?

The licensing and training process takes from two to four months. After that process and your training are completed, children can then be placed with you.

Who can I contact if I have questions about Children's Guild schools?

Contact Sarah Davis, Referral Development Director, at 443.801.5467 (cell) or email her at daviss@childrensguild.org.

Do you have a program for autistic children?

Yes. The Children’s Guild has programs for student on the autism spectrum.

How old can my child be to attend The Children's Guild school?

The Children’s Guild schools serves students ages 5 to 21.

Questions About Referrals

Are The Children's Guild's fees covered by medical assistance?

No.

Do you accept individuals without an IEP?

IEP stands for Individualized Education Program. It is a document that describes the special education and related services your child should receive. This includes established goals and objectives developed specifically for your child to meet and his address his current needs. Your child’s placement in special education and related services is based on his/her IEP. An IEP is developed by your child’s IEP team which consists of a group of highly qualified individuals, which may include:

  • Educators familiar with your child and his/her needs
  • Professional testers, e.g., speech pathologist, occupational therapist
  • Your child’s classroom teachers
  • Your child’s friends or advocates
  • You and, if appropriate, your child
Is The Children's Guild a Level V school?

Yes.

Does The Children's Guild have openings at its special education day school?

The Children’s Guild has ongoing enrollment for it throughout the year.

Who can I contact if I have more questions about Children's Guild day schools?

Contact Sarah Davis, Referral Development Director, at 443.801.5467 (cell) or email her at daviss@childrensguild.org.