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Early On® Michigan

Early On LogoWhen 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.

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 (1-800-327-5966) to confidentially discuss concerns.

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.

Early On is offered by the Michigan Departments of Education, Community Health and Human Services.  For more information about Early On, please go to  

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 have started work on the State Systemic Improvement Plan.  Click this link for our SSIP web page.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Public Reporting of Data 
The federal regulations implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) at Section 300.602(b)(1)(i)(A) require public reporting on the performance of each early intervention program on the targets established in the State Performance Plan (SPP) for each of the priority areas for Part C (Birth through age 2), Early On Michigan.  By June 3, 2014, data can be downloaded here:  MDE Early On Public Reports 2012-2013 (Excel format).  Data may also be found on MDE's website 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 or (517) 335-4865.  If you have difficulty with the public reporting website, please use the following electronic helpline:

Early On Resources

Early On Michigan Organizations

Early On Policies

Family Resources

Federal Reports/Performance

Federal Resources  

State Resources
Many procedural documents are also posted on the Early On Training and Technical Assistance website:

Staff (Click here for an Early On staff organizational chart PDF

Vanessa Winborne, Part C Coordinator
(517) 335-4865  

Laura Goldthwait, Consultant
(517) 373-6565 

Kelly Hurshe, Consultant
(517) 241-8309 

Colleen O'Connor, Consultant
(517) 241-4291  

Barb Schinderle, MICC Liaison & SSIP Project Manager
(517) 241-2591  

Cheryl Najm, Departmental Analyst
(517) 335-1580

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