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Early On® Michigan

Every parent looks forward to their baby's first smile, first words, and first steps. But what happens when a child is behind in reaching those milestones? If you are worried that your child "seems behind" compared to other children of the same age, it might be time to contact Early On

Early On is Michigan's early intervention system for helping infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age who have a disability, developmental delay(s) or are at risk for delay(s) due to certain health conditions, and their families. It's designed to help families find the social, health, and educational services that will promote the development of their infants and toddlers with special needs.

Don't worry. But don't wait.

To understand whether you should refer a child, learn more about typical development by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Learn the Signs, Act Early. campaign.

View the updated Early On Established Conditions List one-pager and a list of Established Conditions that indicate automatic eligibility for Early On supports and services.

If you think your infant or toddler may have a developmental delay or a pre-existing medical condition, contact Early On at 1-800-EarlyOn (800-327-5966) or complete the online referral form:  Referral Form.

Early On is offered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) as the state lead agency for Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). MDE collaborates with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) in implementing the Early On system.

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

  • MEMO #COVID-19-096 Guidance for Implementation of Early On, Great Start Collaborative, Great Start Parent Coalitions, and Home Visiting for MI Safe Schools: Michigan's 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap and Executive Order 2020-142
  • Home-based Early Childhood Services, Guidelines for How to Restart In-Person Visits
  • Keeping Everyone Safe During a Home Visit - images
  • Preservar la seguridad de todos durante una consulta a domicilio (con fotos)
  • Keeping Everyone Safe During a Home Visit - no images
  • MEMO #COVID-19-073 Updated (6-23-20) Guidance for Implementation of Early On in Response to COVID-19
  • MEMO #COVID-19-071 Continuity of Learning Plans for Early Childhood Programs and Services
  • MEMO #COVID-19-063 Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education Waivers Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
  • MEMO #COVID-19-061 Financial Accounting Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • MEMO #COVID-19-057 Updated (05-20-20) Guidance for Compliance with IDEA and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education
  • MEMO #COVID-19-049 Implementation of Early On During Implementation of Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan
  • MEMO #COVID-19-020 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C (Early On) during K-12 School Closure due to Executive Orders 2020-11 and 2020-21 (COVID-19)
  • MEMO #COVID-19-003 Compliance Requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C during a Public Health Emergency
  • Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic Version 2.0
  • To access all COVID-19 updates, go to the MDE COVID-19 Education Information and Resources page. 

    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

  • Return to School Roadmap: Child Find, Referral, and Eligibility under Part C of IDEA (Oct. 29, 2021)
  • Return to School Roadmap: Provision of Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families under Part C of IDEA 
  • Early On Federal Formula

    Fiscal Year 2022 Application Documents

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

    Early On Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP)

    Fiscal Year 2022 Early On ARP Application Documents

    2021-2022 Final Early On Federal + ARP Allocations
    Early On ARP Important Information
    Early On ARP Allowable Cost Guide
    Early On ARP Participant Support Costs Excel Worksheet
    Early On ARP Capital Outlay Request Form
    American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Fact Sheet

    State School Aid Act Section 54d

    Fiscal Year 2022

    2021-2022 Early On State School Aid Section 54d Allocations 
    2021-2022 Early On Section 54d Important Information
    2021-2022 Early On Section 54d Instructions for Completing Application for Section 54d Funds
    2021-2022 Early On Section 54d Allowable Cost Guide
    Guiding Questions to Inform Focus Area Selection 
    2021-2022 Early On Section 54d Focus Area Selection Spreadsheet
    2021-2022 Early On Section 54d Instructions for Completing Data Spreadsheet
    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 
    2020-2021 Early On State School Aid Section 54d Important Application Information
    2020-2021 Instructions for Completing Application for FY21 Section 54d Funds

    State School Aid Act Section 54d Non-Supplanting Requirement Q&A
    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)

    Resources

    Early On Michigan Organizations

    BuildUpMi.org
    Early On Michigan Major Grantees
    Early On State Interagency Team
    Early On Training & Technical Assistance Website
    Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council

    Early On Policies

    Eligibility for Early On
    Eligibility for Early On - Michigan Mandatory Special Education (MMSE) Eligibility
    Michigan Policy on Screening of Children Referred to Part C of IDEA
    Early On Michigan Part C of IDEA State Plan
    System of Payments Policy for Part C of IDEA

    Family Resources

    1800EarlyOn.org/family
    Early On Michigan Family Guidebook (English, Spanish & Arabic)
    Your Family Has Rights Brochure (English, Spanish & Arabic)
    Procedural Safeguards Protecting Families Rights (English)
    Procedural Safeguards Protecting Families Rights (Spanish)
    Procedural Safeguards Protecting Families Rights (Arabic)
    Early Intervention (Early On) Due Process Complaint Procedures (English)
    Early Intervention (Early On) Due Process Complaint Procedures (Spanish)
    Early Intervention (Early On) Due Process Complaint Procedures (Arabic)
    Special Education Dispute Resolution Options
    Special Education Due Process Complaint Procedures (Revised 4/2020)
    Special Education Due Process Complaint/Request for Hearing Model Form
    Special Education State Complaints: Procedures and Model Forms
    Special Education State Complaints: Procedures and Model Forms (Spanish)
    Special Education Mediation Services
    Michigan Alliance for Families
    Kindergarten Readiness Information
    Michigan Family to Family Early On Michigan Glossary

    Federal Reports/Performance

    SPP/APR Results Indicator Targets Through 2025
    Michigan FFY20 Part C SPP/APR
    Michigan FFY19 Part C SPP/APR  & SSIP Report
    Michigan FFY21 Part C of IDEA Application & Revised Section III
    Michigan's Part C 2021 Determination letter
    2021 Part C Results-Driven Accountability Matrix
    How the Department Made Determinations in 2021
    Michigan's Part C State Systemic Improvement Plan

    Federal Resources

    2011 Part C Regulations

    State Resources

    Many procedural documents are also posted on the Early On Training and Technical Assistance website:  http://eotta.ccresa.org
    2021-2022 Early On Federal, ARP, and Section 54d Allocations 
    2021-2022 Final Early On Federal + ARP Allocations 
    2020-2021 Final Early On Federal Allocations 
    2019-2020 Early On GEER Allocations
    5-3-2012 Memo - Maintenance of Effort as Required Under IDEA 
    5-16-2016 Memo - New Authorization to Share Forms
    9-13-2016 Memo - Clarification Around Request for Protected Information and Authorization to Release Early On Records Forms
    6-26-2018 Memo - Early On Procedural Safeguards Protecting Families' Rights
    5-13-2021 Memo - Determination Requirements under Part C of IDEA  and How Local Service Area Determinations Were Established - May 2021 
    Authorization to Release Early On Record 
    Birth through Five Child Outcomes Summary Manual
    Child Outcomes Summary Data Manual
    Early On Consultant and EOT&TA Specialist Service Area Assignments (2-2021)
    Early On Data Website
    Early On Michigan Implementation Manual
    Established Conditions List and Established Conditions List one-pager 
    Feeding and Swallowing Concerns Guidance Document 2015 
    Guidance for Early On Services Component
    How do I begin the process of becoming Endorsed® by MI-AIMH?
    Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Elements
    Local Interagency Coordinating Council Handbook
    Maintenance of Effort Process 
    Maintenance of Effort Q&A 
    Parental Consent 
    Periodic Review of IFSP and Annual Meeting to Evaluate IFSP Guidance
    Personnel Standards 
    Essentials of Early On Training Memo 
    Personnel Standards and Essentials of Early On Training FAQs 
    Prior Written Notice:  Birth to Three Years 
    Questions and Answers Regarding Data Collection for Young Children Under Three Years of Age 
    Request for Information (Non-Health)
    Request for Protected Information (Health) 

    Staff

    Janet Timbs, Manager, Birth to Five Early Childhood Special Education
    517-335-4865
    timbsj@michigan.gov

    Laura Goldthwait, Consultant
    517-241-6988
    goldthwaitl@michigan.gov 

    Kelly Hurshe, Consultant
    517-241-8309
    hurshek1@michigan.gov 

    Colleen O'Connor, Consultant
    517-241-4291
    oconnorc1@michigan.gov  

    Barb Schinderle, MICC Liaison
    schinderleb@michigan.gov  

    Cheryl Najm, Departmental Analyst
    517-335-1580
    najmc@michigan.gov