Early Intervention

Early Intervention

Early On Michigan offers early intervention services for infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with developmental delay(s) and/or disabilities, and their families.

Research has shown that by addressing delays early on - especially between birth and age 3 - we can more effectively impact a child's development, even into adulthood.


Overview of Early Intervention

The Center for Parent Information and Resources provides an overview of the "basics" of early intervention which discusses what early intervention is, who is eligible, developmental milestones/delay, evaluation/assessment, and IFSP writing/timelines.


Agreed Upon Mission and Key Principles for Providing Early Intervention Services In Natural Environments - Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments, OSEP TA Community of Practice: Part C Settings. (March, 2008).

  • The “mission statement” reflects the broad over-arching purpose of family- centered early intervention services provided under Part C of IDEA. Principles are the foundations necessary to support the system of family- centered services and supports. Both the mission and principles were developed by the workgroup and reflect consensus opinion.


Seven Key Principles: Looks Like/Doesn't Look Like - Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments OSEP TA Community of Practice – Part C Settings. (March, 2008).

  • This handout focuses on the 7 key principles and how they should/shouldn't "look like" in early intervention practice.


DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education - The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (April, 2014).

  • "The DEC Recommended Practices were developed to provide guidance to practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve the learning outcomes and promote the development of young children, birth through five years of age, who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities."

 Early On Personnel Standards (Michigan Department of Education)

Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) federal regulations requires states to have policies and procedures to ensure that qualified personnel are available to support the early intervention system for infants and toddlers with disabilities.  The new updated MDE OGS related memo, Personnel Standards, and FAQs released on February 4, 2015 are available here for your reference.





Importance of Early Intervention

The Importance of Early Intervention with Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and their Families - Handout

This information was made available by the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center July 2011.  This handout highlights what to intervene early, why services are essential, and what are the unmet needs in early intervention.

ECTA Center - The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center website provides information and resources on early intervention services, approaches/models, position statements, state resources, laws and regulations, APR on settings, literature, and implementing.

The Virgina Early Intervention Professional Development Center provides professional development resources specifically designed for early interventionists.  These videos below are made available through the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center.

Early On Coordinators Contacts for Practicum/Observation Placements

Are you looking for ways to connect with early interventionists in Michigan?  Want to learn more about possible practicum/observation options in birth-to-three early intervention for your college/university students?  Here you will find the lists of Early On Coordinators from all 56 service areas throughout Michigan.  A great way to develop linkages and networking between Early On agencies and higher education faculty.

  • Click here for a sample letter request for early intervention practicum and/or observation opportunities in Michigan.

Extended Learning - Early Intervention

Michigan Essentials of Early On

As noted in the personnel standards, online training modules, called the Essentials of Early On, have been developed to support personnel working with infants and toddlers with disabilities. The Essentials of Early On consists of five online training modules and five corresponding competency quizzes.   The 5 modules include:

Early On 101

IFSP Process

Procedural Safeguards

Facilitating Smooth and Effective Transitions

Foundations for Early Intervention



Building the Legacy for Our Youngest Children with Disabilities - NICHY's training curriculum provides modules that are designed to help all those involved with infants and toddlers with disabilities understand and implement Part C of IDEA 2004.

Module 1: Basics of Early Intervention

Module 3: Pre-Referral and Referral Activities

Module 4: Screening, Evaluation, and Assessment Procedures

Module 5: Procedures for IFSP Development, Review, and Evaluation

Module 6: Content of the IFSP

Module 8: The Transition Process and Lead Agency Notification

Module 9: Development of the Transition Plan

Module 14: System of Payments and Use of Funds in Part C


SCRIPT-NC (Supporting Change and Reform in Preservice Teaching in North Carolina) - This project offers course-specific landing pads that showcase evidence-based and competency-based practices that support the inclusion of children that are culturally, ethically, and ability diverse.

Course-Specific Landing Pads:

Introduction to Early Childhood

Children with Exceptionalities

Child Development (Birth to 36 months) (36 months to middle childhood)

Social-Emotional Development/Child Guidance

Child, Family, and Community

Language and Literacy

Creative Activities

Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Early Childhood Capstone Practica

Educational Technology


Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum - The Early Intervention-Early Childhood Professional Development Community of Practice (EI-EC PD CoP), designed a "Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum" for early interventionists to utilize and are adaptable for state specific information.  Online interactive learning modules with videos are being developed.


CONNECT Modules - Online modules designed for faculty and other professional development providers to build knowledge about how early childhood practitioners' can make evidenced based practice decisions. The instructional resources use a 5-Step Learning Cycle, an approach for making evidence-based decision about practice dilemmas, based on the integration of multiples sources of evidence. The topics of the modules, available in English and Spanish are:

Embedded Interventions


Communication for Collaboration

Family-Professional Partnerships

Assistive Technology Interventions

Dialogic Reading Practices

Tiered Instruction


The IRIS Center provides faculty -  resources and modules to improve outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one.  Top tips for faculty, sample syllabi collection, and coursework planning forms are just a few of the vast materials on this website.



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