Early On

Early On is a network of services for families of children, birth to age three, 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?

Early On is for children ages 0-3. Anyone (family, teacher, friend, childcare provider, physician) may make a referral to Early On by calling 517.244.4514 or by completing a referral form. After a referral is made, an Early On staff member will connect with the family to discuss concerns and conduct a developmental screening or evaluation to assess how the child is learning and growing, and if the child is eligible for services. All evaluations and services are free of charge. (For children ages 3-5, complete the Build Up Michigan form below .)

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 
  • Support as the child transitions from Early On services after age three. 

How does early on help families?

During visits, families actively participate with their child while Ingham ISD Early On staff provide guidance and referrals to resources. Families routinely share their daily routines and needs, which helps staff to better support those needs.    

Where are EARLY ON services provided?

Families typically receive services in their home, at a childcare center, in-home childcare, or at a community Ingham Play & Learn Group.   

Families have certain rights when they are part of the Early On Program.  Refer to the Family Rights brochure for more information.

Contact Us

Emily Brewer
Director, Early Childhood Special Education 0-3
Michelle Sabo
Director, Early Childhood Special Education 0-3