Educational Surrogate Parent Program

Address: 5570 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 999-7394 Fax: voice, (302) 999-7396 fax Email: Website:

The ESP Program was established to ensure that children with special education needs who are in foster care, have the same protections as all other children under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Both the IDEA and state special education regulations mandate this protection for children with disabilities whose parents cannot advocate for them in the special education process. The Delaware Department of Education contracts with the Parent Information Center (PIC) of Delaware for administration of the ESP program.  For information about the program, please visit the Parent Information Center website at or contact Kathryn Herel, Educational Surrogate Parent Program Coordinator.

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