Early On

What do we do?

Early On is the name for Michigan's early intervention system that provides services for infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with developmental delays and/or disabilities. An early intervention system includes:

  • activities – things you do day-to-day or programs where your child can play and learn with others
  • supports – can be help, resources or information
  • services – when a trained professional works directly with your child or helps you learn how to support your child.

Early On can help your child with his or her development. A child's development is their process of growing and learning. It can also help your family to be better able to help your child grow and learn. Early On is not one single "program." It's a collection of activities, supports, services, and resources provided by many programs such as:

  • Schools
  • Public health
  • Mental health
  • Social services
  • Programs where children play and learn

It is also many people with different skills. These people want to work with you to help your child grow and learn. There is no charge to families for the in-home evaluation, Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) development, or service coordination. 

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When Early On is called, a referral is made. Anyone can make a referral to Early On.
physician referral is a recommendation by a doctor to have a child evaluated by Early On. A basic referral is also available for parents, family members, childcare providers and physicians. 

Early On has ten days to contact you (the parent) once a referral has been made. When you are contacted about the referral, Early On must ask for your consent to evaluate your child.
Basic Referral (online) 
Basic Referral (print version) 
Physician Referral (print version) 

Acronym List - coming soon
Parent Resources 
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Early On Michigan
        State of Michigan Early On (Dept. of Education)
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Meet our Staff

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Contact Information

Patrick Conley
Supervisor of Birth to Three Services
Tel: 269-471-7725, ext. 3384
Fax: 269-473-1113
Karla Martinez
Intake Contact
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 3301
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