Early On is a federal and statewide Early Intervention system that evaluates and provides a range of services to assist families with infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months. Eligibility is based on the child demonstrating a developmental delay or having an established condition that may lead to a delay. A local service coordinator works with the family and service team to develop a specific plan called an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) for the child and family. The IFSP is tailored to the unique needs of each family, taking into account the type of services and supports they desire and are available through county agencies. At age three, the Early On staff person will assist the family in transitioning to the community services that will meet their needs.
There is no cost to families for Early On evaluations or assessments, IFSP development or service coordination. If there are costs for direct services, the service coordinator will assist the family in locating financial resources when possible. One of the purposes of Early On is to assist families in locating and accessing available community services and resources which may assist in their child's development. All agencies within the county that provide services for children and families may be part of this network.
If you suspect your infant or toddler is showing signs of developing slowly: not reacting to sounds, not responding to affection, not looking at or grasping objects, not walking, or talking, or if your infant or toddler has a physical or health problem that interferes with learning, please call: Cecilia Norcross at (269) 539-5128 or Bonita Suter at (269) 539-5129.