Early On is how the State of Michigan refers to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Early On affords developmental evaluations and services to families with children birth to age three that have a developmental delay or an established health condition that places them at a greater risk of having a developmental delay. Participation in the developmental evaluation and any services that the child may need are voluntary and parents must provide their written consent to participate. In Ionia County, the Intermediate School District oversees Early On including accepting referrals. Referrals to Early On come from a variety of sources including hospitals, parents, doctors, and community agencies. If your child is eligible for Early On, service providers could be from a variety of community agencies. Anyone can make a referral to Early On if they are concerned about a child's development.
The following links will provide you with resources about basic early developmental milestones. Look these over first, if you have a question or concern about your child’s development.
If you are interested in monitoring your child’s development as they grow you can enroll in a free program called Connections through Family Futures. Your child will be sent a series of Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQs) every 2-6 months, depending on your child’s age. The ASQ asks simple questions about your child and takes about 10 minutes to fill out. In return, you’ll receive specific feedback on your child’s progress, as well as developmental information on what to expect from your child and activities to foster their development.
Click here to get an enrollment form for the Connections program.
If you have concerns about your child’s development and would like to make a referral to Early On for further evaluation, go ahead and click the make a referral button. You can either make a referral online to Ionia ISD or print off a form to fax or mail in.