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.  To make a referral, click on "Referral Form."

Referral Form

Early On Vision

Infants and toddlers who are enrolled in Early On reach their fullest potential, successfully transitioning to the next phase of life, with empowered and supportive families.

Early On Mission

Early On builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist family members and caregivers to enhance eligible children's learning and development through every day learning opportunities.

Michigan COVID-19 Guidance

To access all COVID-19 updates, go to the MDE website at www.michigan.gov/mde

Additional early childhood information and resources can be found on MDE's COVID-19 Early Childhood Information and Resources page. 

For more information on statewide efforts, please visit the coordinated Michigan Coronavirus website.

U.S. Dept. of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Q&As

Early On Federal Formula

Fiscal Year 2022 Application Documents

Assurances and Certifications PDF
Important Information PDF
Service Area Plan Instructions PDF
Allowable Cost Guide PDF
Participant Support Costs Excel Worksheet
Capital Outlay Request Form

State School Aid Act Section 54d

Fiscal Year 2022

2021-2022 Early On State School Aid Section 54d Allocations PDF
2021-2022 Early On Section 54d Important Information
2021-2022 Early On Section 54d Instructions for Completing Application for Section 54d Funds PDF
2021-2022 Early On Section 54d Allowable Cost Guide PDF
2021-2022 Guiding Questions to Inform Focus Area Selection PDF
2021-2022 Early On Section 54d Focus Area Selection Spreadsheet
2021-2022 Early On Section 54d Instructions for Completing Data Spreadsheet PDF
2021-2022 Early On Section 54d Data Spreadsheet
Capital Outlay Request Form


Fiscal Year 2021

2020-2021 Early On State School Aid Section 54d Allocations PDF
2020-2021 Early On State School Aid Section 54d Important Application Information PDF
2020-2021 Instructions for Completing Application for FY21 Section 54d Funds PDF

State School Aid Act Section 54d Non-Supplanting Requirement Q&A PDF
State School Aid Act Section 54d Questions from the Field (posted 9-21-18) Excel format

Application for FY19 Section 54d of the State School Aid Act Funds for Early On Webinar Recording
If you would like a copy of the PowerPoint, please contact Cheryl Najm at najmc@michigan.gov or 517-335-1580.

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. Data may also be found on www.mischooldata.org by clicking "Download Early On (Part C) Public Report Spreadsheet" by choosing "K-12 Grade" located in the top navigation menu, then scrolling to the bottom of the page to select "Special Education - Annual Public Reporting."

Specific questions regarding the Early On or infant/toddler content of the Public Report should be addressed to MDE-SPP-Public-Reporting@michigan.gov or 517-241-7004. If you have difficulty with the public reporting website, please email CEPI@michigan.gov

FFY19 Michigan Part C Public Reports (published May 2021)  (Excel format)


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:  http://eotta.ccresa.org


Janet Timbs, Manager, Birth to Five Early Childhood Special Education

Laura Goldthwait, Consultant

Kelly Hurshe, Consultant

Colleen O'Connor, Consultant

Barb Schinderle, MICC Liaison

Cheryl Najm, Department Analyst