The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's early intervention service system. Please contact the lead state agency or follow the various links for more detailed information.

Lead agency for early intervention services

Michigan's Early On is coordinated by the Michigan Department of Education.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

Children under the age of 3 may be eligible if they have:

  • Developmental delay of 20 percent or one standard deviation in one or more developmental areas
  • Physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay

For more details, see Early On eligibility.

Number of children served

Michigan reported 4,514 infants and toddlers for its 2012 child count.

Support service structure

Early On utilizes a network of local coordinators to provide early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may call 800-327-5966 or visit the Early On website to submit an online referral. Families may also contact the local coordinators serving their location.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information on available resources to families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent training and information center below.

Family cost participation

Families are not required to pay for services. Public insurance may be accessed under certain conditions.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Michigan enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Michigan insurance for more details.

Parent training and information center

The Michigan Alliance for Families is Michigan's parent training and information center.

Early childhood school services information

Information about education services for children 3 through 5 years of age is available from the local school district, the local service teams and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

Office of Great Start
Phone: 517-373-8483

Michigan Department of Education
Phone: 517-241-4520

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are provided at central directory.

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