Early On is a network of services for families of children, birth to three years of age, who have a developmental delay or are at risk of developing delays due to an established medical condition or disability.
Early On partners with families to assist in finding services and supports for children. Services are free to families, and there are no income eligibility requirements. If families have a concern about their child's development, the Early On team encourages families not to wait to see if they "outgrow" the concern.
How are referrals made to Early On?
Anyone (a family member, teacher, community member, physician) may make a referral to Early On by calling 517.244.4514 or completing a referral form. After a referral is made, the family will be connected with an Early On team member to discuss concerns. A developmental screening or evaluation will be done to see how the child is learning and growing, and if the child is eligible for Early On services.
What EARLY ON services are available?
- Developmental assessments
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Special instruction
- Service coordination
- An IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan)
- Referral to another agency
- Transition support as the child moves from Early On services after age three.
How does early on help families?
Families talk with Early On staff about their daily routines and the activities they participate in every day. Understanding what life is like for a family helps Early On staff give suggestions and resources for families to better support their child. Families are important partners during visits with Early On, as they actively participate with their child while Early On staff provide guidance and referrals to resources.
Where are services provided?
Early On provides services within a family's daily routine. Families typically receive services in their home, at a day care center/home, or at a community Play & Learn Group.
Families have certain rights when they are part of the Early On program. Please refer to the Family Rights brochure for more information.
Additional resources and information can be found by calling 1-800-Early On or the Early On Michigan website .