Early On

Concerned about your child’s development?
Don’t worry, but don’t wait. Early On is the system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age with disabilities or delays, and their families. Early On is supported by funding from Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood Education and Family Services .

Early On ensures that eligible children and families receive comprehensive, collaborative, family-centered, strength-based services. Early On supports families as families help their children to learn and grow.

For more information or to make a referral for services in the Gogebic-Ontonagon area please call, email, or print and mail the referral form to:

Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD PO Box 218 Bergland, MI, 49910 (906)575-3438 ext 300


To be entitled to comprehensive early intervention services through Early On in Michigan under Part C of IDEA, children must meet one or both of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Developmental Delay: Infants and toddlers from birth to age three who demonstrate any delay in one or more domains of development based on evaluation and assessment procedures which include an informed clinical opinion.
  • Established Conditions: Infants and toddlers from birth to age three with diagnosed physical or mental conditions that have a high probability of resulting in developmental delay (though they may show no observable developmental delay at the time of referral) are eligible for Part C services. Considered under this eligibility category are specific conditions related to (but not limited to):
    • Chromosomal anomaly/genetic disorders (eg. Down syndrome, etc.)
    • Neurological defects (eg. Cerebral palsy, etc.)
    • Congenital malformations
    • Inborn errors of metabolism
    • Atypical developmental disorders (eg. Autism)
    • Central nervous system damage (eg. sensory disorders, etc.)
    • Chronic medical illness (eg. Cystic fibrosis, etc.)
    • Infectious diseases (eg. CMV, etc.)
    • Toxic exposure (eg. Alcohol- or drug-exposed)


Services provided are determined by family and child needs and strengths, health history, and a child development assessment.

Services can include:
  • Assistive Technology
  • Audiology
  • Family Training and Home Visits
  • Health Services
  • Medical Services
  • Nursing Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Services
  • Service Coordination
  • Social Work
  • Special Instruction
  • Speech and Language
  • Transportation
  • Vision