FY 21 Recommendation

The Early On Michigan Foundation recommends an incremental increase in state funding along with phased-in system change for Early On over the next three years in order to align eligibility, strengthen personnel standards, and increase support for our youngest children with delays and disabilities.

Please see our recommendation for strengthening Early On Michigan.  

Increased Funding for 2019-20 (FY 20)

State funding for 2019-20 for Early On, under Section 54d of the School Aid Act, is $7,150,000, an increase from the previous year's $5 million.  It is important to acknowledge and appreciate this note from the legislature and the governor that investment in our infants and toddlers with delays and disabilities and their families pays off.  Thank you to our elected officials, policy makers, and all our supporters who spent time informing and educating them on the issue.

However, it is not enough.  Estimated need for investment is closer to $70 million.  And while an incremental approach is probably wise for implementation, our steps to get to the goal need to be larger.

FY 20 Recommendation

The Early On Michigan Foundation recommends an incremental increase in state funding for Early On over the next four years in order to reach $68 M.  For 2019-20 (FY 20), that means a total state allocation of $20 million.

Recommendation for 2019-2023

State Allocation for Early On!

The Early On Michigan Foundation is pleased to see $5 million in the State of Michigan Budget for 2019.  This signals a significant first step for Michigan's families who have infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities.

The estimated need for state investment is close to $70 million.  We encourage our partners to keep this in mind and to educate colleagues and decision makers about the need for effective early intervention services in order to promote the best outcomes for young children.

MICC and MAASE Reports on Early On

The Early On Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council (MICC) and the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education (MAASE) released reports in November and December, 2016, related to Early On Michigan.  In these reports, both the MICC and MAASE address fiscal and structural issues of the system and call for increased funding for Early On.  To learn more, check out their reports here.

Early On Needs YOU

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:

  1. Share information with your State Representative and/or State Senator about the need for state funding for Early OnEarly On uses evidence-based practices in working with families.  Research, talking points, and State Representative/Senator contact information are available under the Resources tab.
  2. Get involved.  Volunteer to serve on your Early On local interagency coordinating council.  Contact information for your Early On Coordinator is listed here.
  3. Donate to the Early On Michigan Foundation.  Your tax-deductible contribution will provide resources toward strengthening Early On and establishing state funding for Early On.  Donating is easy online or by writing a check to the Early On Michigan Foundation and sending it to the address below.

ECIC and Michigan's Children Discussion

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.

Lt. Governor Calley Meets Early On

Lt. Governor Calley with <em><em>Early On</em></em> Representatives

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.


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