Early On® Michigan

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When a baby is born, every parent hopes that he/she will have a healthy baby.  Sometimes, however, things don't go as planned.  The baby may be ill or may seem slow in doing things such as smiling, sitting up or speaking.  Early On specializes in evaluating and treating children that are not developing at the same rate as other children.  This can include physical, mental, communication, adaptive, social or emotional development.

If you have a concern about a baby's health or development, Early On serves infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months with developmental delay or conditions that could lead to such delay.  It has been well established that early intervention is an effective way to prevent or reduce problems for children at a later age.  Call 1-800-EarlyOn (800-327-5966) to confidentially discuss concerns.

Early On is offered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) as the state lead agency.  MDE collaborates with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in implementing the Early On system.  For more information about Early On, please go to https://1800earlyon.org.  

The vision of Early On Michigan is to improve the quality of life for children with special needs, age birth to five, and their families. 

We are working on Phase II of our State Systemic Improvement Plan.  Click this link for our SSIP web page.


Public Comment Requested
MDE requests public comment on the draft Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Michigan Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) application.  The period of public participation extends from February 11, 2016 through April 11, 2016, with public comment accepted only March 7, 2016 through 5 p.m., April 6, 2016.  Click on the following link for the draft application and public comment instructions:  Part C Public Comment.

Updated 5-29-2015
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Public Reporting of Data 
Federal regulations implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) at Section 303.702(b)(1)(i)(A) require public reporting on the performance of each early intervention program on the targets established in the State Performance Plan for each of the priority areas for Part C (Birth through age 2), Early On Michigan.  By June 2, 2015, data can be downloaded here:  MDE Early On Public Reports 2013-2014 (Excel format).  Data may also be found on MDE's website www.mischooldata.org by clicking "Download Early On (Part C) Public Report Spreadsheet" under "Special Education - Annual Public Reporting" located in the left navigation menu.

Specific questions regarding the Early On or infant/toddler content of the Public Report should be addressed to Vanessa Winborne at MDE-SPP-Public-Reporting@michigan.gov or 517-335-4865.  If you have difficulty with the public reporting website, please use the following electronic helpline:  CEPI@michigan.gov.

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State Resources
Many procedural documents are also posted on the Early On Training and Technical Assistance website:  http://eotta.ccresa.org


Vanessa Winborne, Part C Coordinator

Laura Goldthwait, Consultant

Kelly Hurshe, Consultant

Colleen O'Connor, Consultant

Barb Schinderle, MICC Liaison

Cheryl Najm, Departmental Analyst