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 still have concerns, you may either choose to complete the Ages and Stages Parent Questionnaires Screening (ASQ) which will be sent directly to the Ionia ISD or go ahead and make a referral.