The Early On Michigan Foundation is working with Michigan's Children to inform legislators about the developmental needs of children who have been exposed to lead and the need for early intervention services. See the January 7 Flint Journal/MLive article by Matt Gillard, Executive Director of Michigan's Children. Supplemental funding to address this issue should include funding for Early On services so that developmental delays can be identified and optimal development supported.
Early On Michigan provides services to families of infants and toddlers, birth to age three, who are eligible because they have a delay in development or a medical condition that is likely to result in a delay.
New parents who find themselves caring for children with special needs, from minor delays to significant disabilities, often need services for their children (such as speech therapy or physical therapy) and support (such as strategies for feeding and bathing) in order to help their children develop.
Children and their families need support so that they can grow, develop, and be as ready as possible for success with friends, in school, and in life.
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While there are Early On success stories, funding for Early On is not adequate to meet the needs of all eligible infants and toddlers and their families throughout Michigan. You can help in any of the following ways:
On March 10, the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and Michigan's Children, with funding from the Alliance for Early Success, hosted an in-depth discussion of Early On Michigan to learn about how other states have structured the implementation and funding of Part C of IDEA early intervention programs and policies.
The day featured presentations from Maureen Greer, Executive Director of the IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association, Vanessa Winborne, State Part C Coordinator, as well as Cheryl Granzo and Rich Van Tol with perspectives from Ionia and Genesee counties. Consultants from Zero to Three and the Ounce of Prevention Fund facilitated the discussion.
On January 14, the Early On Michigan Foundation met with Lt. Governor Brian Calley, along with Vanessa Winborne of the Michigan Department of Education and Matt Gillard and Mina Hong of Michigan's Children, to discuss the needs of the Early On system.
The Early On Michigan Foundation was a part of an effort to ask Governor Snyder to support Early On through new funding in the Department of Education 2016 budget. Mina Hong, a Foundation Board member who works for Michigan’s Children, coordinated a “sign-on letter” requesting the funding.
Signatories of this letter include:
The ARC Michigan
Early On Michigan Foundation
Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health
Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
Michigan Association of United Ways
Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
Michigan Head Start Association
Michigan League for Public Policy
Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services, Inc.
Michigan’s Children/Michigan Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America
Please reach out to your legislators and request state funding for Early On!