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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.

Public Comment Requested on FFY2024 Part C of IDEA Federal Application

MiLEAP requests public comment on the proposed Michigan Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Early On®) Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2024 application. The FFY2024 application will be publicly posted for review beginning Monday, March 18 to Friday, May 17, 2024, with a window of public comment being accepted only Monday, March 25 through 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2024. Click on the following link for the FFY2024 application and public comment instructions: Part C Notice of Public Comment.

2024 Early On Family Survey Flyer

Early On Family Survey Flyer

U.S. Department 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 2024 Application Documents

2023-2024 Early On Federal Allocations
2023-2024 Early On Important Information
2023-2024 Early On Service Area Plan Instructions
2023-2024 Early On Allowable Cost Guide
2023-2024 Early On Participant Support Costs Excel Sheet
Michigan Part C Prior Approval Request Form

Fiscal Year 2023 Application Documents

2022-2023 Early On Federal Allocations
2022-2023 Early On Important Information
2022-2023 Early On Service Area Plan Instructions
2022-2023 Early On Allowable Cost Guide
2022-2023 Early On Participant Support Costs Excel Worksheet
2022-2023 Early On Capital Outlay Request Form

Early On Federal American Rescue Plan

ARP IDEA Fact Sheet
2021-2022 Early On ARP Allocations
2021-2022 Early On ARP Important Information
2021-2022 Early On ARP Allowable Cost Guide
2021-2022 Early On ARP Capital Outlay Request Form
2021-2022 Early On ARP Participant Support Costs

State School Aid Act Section 54d

Fiscal Year 2024 Application Documents

2023-2024 Early On Section 54d Allocations 
2023-2024 Early On Section 54d Important Information
2023-2024 Early On Section 54d Instructions for Completing Application for Section 54d Funds
2023-2024 Early On Section 54d Allowable Cost Guide
2023-2024 Early On Section 54d Guiding Questions to Inform Focus Area Selection 
2023-2024 Early On Section 54d Focus Area Selection Spreadsheet
2023-2024 Early On Section 54d Instructions for Completing Data Spreadsheet
2023-2024 Early On Section 54d Data Spreadsheet
Michigan Part C Prior Approval Request Form

Fiscal Year 2023 Application Documents

2022-2023 Early On Federal & State School Aid Act Section 54d Allocations
2022-2023 Early On Section 54d Important Information
2022-2023 Early On Section 54d Instructions for Completing Application
2022-2023 Early On Section 54d Allowable Cost Guide
2022-2023 Early On Section 54d Guiding Questions to Inform Focus Area Selection
2022-2023 Early On Section 54d Focus Area Selection Excel Spreadsheet
2022-2023 Early On Section 54d Instructions for Completing Personnel Data Spreadsheet
2022-2023 Early On Section 54d Personnel Data Excel Spreadsheet

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

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 the pages K-12 Grade, Special Education, and Annual Public Reporting.

Specific questions regarding the Early On or infant/toddler content of the Public Report should be addressed to Janet Timbs at timbsj@michigan.gov. If you have difficulty with the public reporting website, please email CEPI@michigan.gov

FFY21 Michigan Part C Public Reports (published May 2023) (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

Early On Michigan Part C of IDEA State Plan
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
System of Payments Policy for Part C of IDEA

Family Resources

1800EarlyOn.org/family
Early Intervention (Early On) Due Process Complaint Procedures (Arabic)
Early Intervention (Early On) Due Process Complaint Procedures (English)
Early Intervention (Early On) Due Process Complaint Procedures (Spanish)
Early On Michigan Your Family Has Rights Brochure (English, Spanish & Arabic)
Early On Procedural Safeguards Protecting Families' Rights (Arabic)
Early On Procedural Safeguards Protecting Families' Rights (English)
Early On Procedural Safeguards Protecting Families' Rights (Spanish)
Kindergarten Readiness Information
Michigan Alliance for Families
Michigan Family to Family
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 Mediation Services
Special Education State Complaints: Procedures and Model Forms
Special Education State Complaints: Procedures and Model Forms (Spanish)

Federal Reports/Performance

Differentiated Monitoring and Support (DMS 2.0) Report
SPP/APR Results Indicator Targets Through 2025
Michigan FFY21 Part C SPP/APR (submitted 2/2023)
Michigan FFY23 Part C of IDEA Application and GEPA Statement 
July 18, 2023 Michigan's 2023 Part C Determination Memo
Michigan's Part C 2023 Determination letter
2023 Part C Results-Driven Accountability Matrix
How the Department Made Determinations in 2023
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 
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
5-11-2023 Memo - Determination Requirements under Part C of IDEA and How Local Service Area Determinations Were Established - May 2023
7-10-2023 Memo - Reopening MSDS End of Year Collection 
Appointment of Surrogate Parents for Special Education and Early Intervention Services
Authorization to Release Early On Record 
Early On Consultant and EOT&TA Specialist Service Area Assignments 
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
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)

Michigan COVID-19 Guidance

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 www.michigan.gov/coronavirus website. 

Staff

Janet Timbs, Manager, Birth to Five Early Childhood Special Education
517-245-9406 work cell
timbsj@michigan.gov

Gina Birnbaum, Consultant
birnbaumg@michigan.gov

Laura Goldthwait, Consultant
517-275-1978 work cell
goldthwaitl@michigan.gov

Kelly Hurshe, Consultant
517-245-3584 work cell
hurshek1@michigan.gov

Colleen O'Connor, Consultant
517-275-1977 work cell
oconnorc1@michigan.gov

Barb Schinderle, MICC Liaison
schinderleb@michigan.gov

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