What is Ventura County SELPA?

The Ventura County SELPA office is responsible for the implementation of the Ventura County Special Education ​Local Plan, and for ensuring a free appropriate public education to all students with identified disabilities according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act PL 94-142 (amended by PL 108-446, 2004).  The Ventura County SELPA is the third largest multi-district SELPA in the state, serving over 19,000 students with disabilities in the 19 districts in Ventura County, the Ventura County Office of Education and the Las Virgenes Unified School District in Los Angeles County. 

The next CAC Meeting is May 4, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Immediately following the CAC meeting a Public Hearing meeting will be held to review the proposed SELPA Annual Budget and Services Plans. Please note that both of these meetings will be held Via  Zoom Webinars, rather than in person, in accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-29-20 respectively in regards to the COVID-19 virus.  For additional information to access/login to the meetings please contact the SELPA at 805-437-1560 or at vcselpa@vcoe.org

COVID-19 Information and Resources

The Ventura County SELPA is dedicated to supporting the schools, families and agencies in our community as we face these challenging times.   We are working closely with our school districts, community agencies and the Ventura County Office of Education leadership to provide guidance and resources and to ensure essential business functions continue via remote or virtual work whenever possible.

Please know that responses to your inquiries may be delayed, but we are working to get back to all stakeholders as soon as possible. Our SELPA and districts are deeply committed to ensuring distance learning opportunities for all students with equity and access at the forefront of their planning. Additional information and resources related to COVID-19 can be found at vcselpa.org and vcoe.org. In addition, if you would like to contact the SELPA for questions or concerns via email you may do so at vcselpa@vcoe.org or call 805-437-1560. 


- School Campus Closures
- Community Resources
- Meal Service
- Distance Learning
- Questions and Answers
California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Information for Families


Mental Health Month-

     Mental Health Awareness Month

Educationally Related Social Emotional Services (ERSES)

Youth Crisis Information




SELPA Areas of Focus

• Identification and assessment of children with disabilities

• Interagency Agreements

• Procedural safeguards for children/families

• Required reporting to the California Department of Education

• Program review

• Facilitation of a Community Advisory Committee

• Personnel Development

• Coordination of career and vocational education

• Local Plan review



SELPA Administration |  Special Education Contacts by District  |  Student Numbers SELPA-wide by Disability  |  Parent Guide to Special Education     


FREE Programs Available for Students with Disabilities
Programas Disponibles GRATUITOS para Estudiantes con Discapacidades
We are seeking parents of students in special education to join our Community Advisory Committee.  Click here for more information.
Are You Concerned About Your Child's Progress

Parents who suspect their child has a disability are advised to contact their local school district or the Ventura County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).  Federal and state laws require public schools to provide free and appropriate education for children with special needs.  Children and youth from birth through 21 years of age may qualify for special education programs in public schools.  Special education staff will help parents identify appropriate programs based upon assessment and eligibility services.  In Ventura County, the Office of Education operates many educational programs for children with disabilities by participating in a regional planning program with school districts known as the SELPA.  If you have questions, please call the SELPA office.

Information for Families

Upcoming Events
SELPA Administration


Emily Mostovoy-Luna - Assistant Superintendent
Sarah Fontenot- Administrative Assistant III
Local Plan Implementation
Interagency Coordination, Policies & Procedures
SELPA Office Operations
Related Staff:  Adapted PE Teachers, Assistive Technology Assessment Center,
Orientation & Mobility Specialists, Residential Placement Consultants 
Yanka Ricklefs - Director of Personnel Development
Barbara Rush - Administrative Assistant II

Program & Personnel Development
Early Start
Related Services Staff:  Social/Emotional Services Specialists, DHH Teachers

Joanna Della Gatta - Director of Technical Support and Transition
Juanita Delgadillo - Administrative Assistant II
SIRAS Support, Forms & Instructions
Private Schools
Pattern of Strengths & Weaknesses Model
WorkAbility Program
Related Services Staff:  Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, WorkAbility Specialists
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