The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) was established in 1971 as a nonprofit association with the vision of supporting access to appropriate special education programs as vital components of the continuum. NAPSEC currently represents over 200 programs nationally and over 400 at the state level through the Council of Affiliated State Associations (CASA). NAPSEC members include private early intervention providers, schools, residential therapeutic centers, and adult day and living programs. Our members are located throughout the United States and provide special education services to individuals with disabilities of all ages.  Although NAPSEC programs are diverse in the populations they serve and the services they provide, all strive to guarantee that each student's unique needs are met on an individualized basis in order to achieve his or her maximum potential. NAPSEC is the only national association that exclusively represents private special education programs.

NAPSEC accomplishes its mission by:
  • Providing a collaborative, supportive network for members
  • Advocating for private special education providers and students
  • Shaping public policy to positively impact individuals served in member agencies
  • Ensuring members are updated and empowered with regular federal updates
  • Promoting excellence in quality programs and services
  • Developing leadership for the future
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What are private specialized education programs?

Over 6.6 million students with disabilities are served through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the United States. Of these students, 3.4% are served in private specialized day and/or residential programs. IDEA requires that a continuum of alternative placements and services exist in order to address the unique individual needs of students with disabilities.  NAPSEC member programs provide educational therapeutic services to both publicly and privately placed individuals unable to be successfully educated in the regular education environment.