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.


3-13-2020 Compliance Requirements of IDEA and MMSE During a Public Health Emergency PDF

3-23-2020 IDEA Part C During K-12 School Closure Due to Executive Orders 2020-11 and 2020-21 (COVID-19) PDF

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

Public Comment Requested

MDE requests public comment on the proposed Michigan Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (aka Early On®) Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020 application.  The period of public participation extends February 21 to April 22, 2020, with a window of public comment being accepted only March 10 through 5 p.m., April 10, 2020.  Click on the following link for the FFY 2020 application and public comment instructions:  Part C Notice of Public Comment.  All comments will be reviewed and considered.

State School Aid Act Section 54d

Fiscal Year 2020

2019-2020 Early On State School Aid Section 54d Allocations PDF
Public Act 58 of 2019, Section 54d Important Application Information PDF
Instructions for Completing Application for FY20 Section 54d FundsPDF

Fiscal Year 2019 

2018-2019 Early On State School Aid Section 54d Allocations PDF
Public Act 265 of 2018, Section 54d Important Application Information PDF
Instructions for Completing Application for State School Aid 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" under "Special Education - Annual Public Reporting - SPP" then choosing "Special Education Summary" located in the top navigation menu.

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

FFY17 Michigan Part C Public Reports (published May 2019)  (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


Noel Kelty, Part C Coordinator

Laura Goldthwait, Consultant

Kelly Hurshe, Consultant

Colleen O'Connor, Consultant

Barb Schinderle, MICC Liaison

Cheryl Najm, Department Analyst