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More About MDHHS and the Early On® Program

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MDHHS and Early On®

Early On is administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and is part of Michigan's Comprehensive Early Childhood System of Services. Early On serves infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months with developmental delay or conditions that could lead to such a delay. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), also a part of the early childhood system, helps to support Early On by coordinating activities with MDE.

Within MDHHS, the Public Health Administration (PHA) and the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BDHHA) participate on the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council and collaborate with Early On:

  • The Bureau of Family, Maternal, and Child Health (MCH) assists Public Health programs such as Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), the Vision and Hearing Screening Program, the Genomics and Genetic Disorders Section, and Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) to understand Early On policies, procedures, and the referral system. Public Health also collaborates with State and community partners to develop materials about Public Health issues that are helpful to those working in Early On (e.g., Service Coordination Practice Guide for Children 0-3: FASD, see Resource Tab).

    For additional information, about Public Health activities related to Early On,please contact the MDCH Early On liaison for Public Health, Tiffany Kostelec.

  • The Division of Mental Health Services to Children and Families supports the development and delivery of standardized Social-Emotional assessment training for Early On staff. Mental health provides training on tools such as the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Tool (DECA) and the DECA 0-3, among others. Mental Health also provides training on other issues such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, protective factors (attachment, initiative, and self-regulation), and the caregiving environment.