Cheboygan, Otsego, and Presque Isle Counties
Every parent looks forward to their baby's first smile, first words,first steps and other first milestones. If you are worried that your child "seems behind" compared to other children of the same age, it might be time to contact Early On.
Having a developmental delay means it takes a child a little longer to learn basic skills. Some of the areas include:
- Self-help skills (feeding and dressing)
- Cognitive skills (thinking, learning, and reasoning abilities)
- Communication skills (talking, listening, understanding)
- Physical development (vision, hearing, movement, health)
- Social-emotional development (feelings, getting along with others, relationships)
What is Early On?
Early On Michigan offers early intervention support and services for children and their families birth to age 3 with developmental delay(s), medical/health issues and/or disabilities. Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Children learn best through their everyday experiences with the people they love and trust.
- Research has shown that by addressing delays early on - especially between birth and age 3 - children have better outcomes, even into adulthood. What happens at this age matters for brain growth and development.
- Services are typically provided in the child’s home at NO COST to families.
- Early On is voluntary program that is family-centered, routine based, and visits are scheduled at a time that is convenient for the family.
- Under Early On, a family could access hearing and speech services, physical therapy, family support, special education, and other services that may be helpful to the development of a child.
- Children are eligible if they show a qualifying developmental delay or have an identified health condition that might lead to delay.
- If your child is eligible, you may enroll with Early On and together a family-centered "Individualized Family Service Plan" will be created.
- To maximize support for children and families, Early On often partners with other local agencies to expand resources available.
What is typical development for my child?
If you are unsure about what is typical development for your child, there are a few places that you can find helpful information.
Early On in Cheboygan, Otsego, and Presque Isle Counties is guided by the Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council. The Council is made up of parents, agency representatives, and others. Collaborating agencies include the Intermediate School District, the Department of Community Health's local Public Health agencies and Community Mental Health agencies, and Department of Human Services of each of the three counties. Other important partners in Early On include hospitals, physicians, schools, child care providers, and parents themselves.
Fun Brain Fact!
According to #FirstThingsFirst, at birth, the average baby's brain is about a quarter of the size of the average adult brain. Incredibly, it doubles in size the first ear. It keeps growing to about 80% of adult size by age 3 and 90% - nearly full grown - by age 5.
We Are Looking For Parent Representatives!
Ask or email Kym Narayana (firstname.lastname@example.org ), Racheal Main (email@example.com) from Early On or Melinda Hambleton of the Great Start Collaborative at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Regionally, attend meetings 4 times a year, for 2 hours each meeting. These meetings are held at COP ESD in Indian River.
Are you looking for Childcare?
The Great Start to Quality allows you to search for quality licensed programs in Michigan, for children 0-12, by location. You will also find other resources that may be of interest to you and your family at The Great Start to Quality.
What if I am a Childcare Provider?
If you are concerned about a child in your care who is not developing as they should, or might have a medical condition that could affect his or her development, call the Northeast Resource Center at (877) 614-7328 . Check out our quick reference guide for next steps.