Why do Families need Early On Michigan?

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.

View Nicholas's story to learn more.


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

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.

Funding Request to Governor

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!

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