Early On® Michigan
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.
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.
Early On Resources
Early On Michigan Organizations
- Center for Educational Networking
- Early On Michigan Major Grantees
- Early On Michigan Website
- Early On State Interagency Team
- Early On Training & Technical Assistance Website
- Michigan Alliance for Families
- Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council
Early On Policies
- Abbreviations (Acronyms) You May Need if You Have a Young Child with Special Needs
- Autism Materials for Families and Professionals
- Early On Michigan Glossary
- How to File a Complaint
- Transition to Kindergarten Parent Guides
- Michigan FFY14 Annual Performance Report (submitted February 2016)
- Michigan FFY15 Part C Application (submitted 4/21/15)
Revised State Performance Plan (submitted 2/15/13)
Michigan State Plan (DRAFT under federal review)
Many procedural documents are also posted on the Early On Training and Technical Assistance website: http://eotta.ccresa.org.
- 2015-2016 Final Early On Formula Allocations
- Early On Authorization to Share
- Early On Consent to Evaluate
- Early On Consultants and EOT&TA Specialist Assignments
- Early On Due Process Complaint Procedures
- Early On Established Conditions List (Revised 1/2016) & Clarification on the Early On Established Conditions List and FAQ Regarding Established Conditions
- Early On Prior Written Notice and Consent for Screening
- Essentials of Early On Training Memo (2-4-15)
- Feeding and Swallowing Concerns Guidance Document 2015
- How do I begin the process of becoming Endorsed® by MI-AIMH?
- How the Department Made Determinations
- Implementation Guide to Natural Environments
- Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Checklist (Word format)
- Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Elements
- Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Prototype (Word format)
- Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Memo (5-3-12) and MOE Process and MOE Q&A
- Personnel Standards without changes highlighted (2-4-15)
- Personnel Standards with changes highlighted (2-4-15)
- Personnel Standards and Essentials of Early on Training FAQs (2-4-15)
- Questions and Answers Regarding Data Collection for Young Children Under Three Year of Age
Vanessa Winborne, Part C Coordinator
Laura Goldthwait, Consultant
Kelly Hurshe, Consultant
Colleen O'Connor, Consultant
Barb Schinderle, MICC Liaison
Cheryl Najm, Departmental Analyst