Early On

The first few years of a child's life are very important, but children grow and learn at different rates. If you have questions about how your child is developing, or if you think that your child might need extra help, call Early On Michigan. Early On helps families get the help they need for their children. We believe that parents know what is best for their families. At Early On, we listen to you. You will find friendly, supportive, and knowledgeable people who will talk to you about your concerns. Sometimes, we will arrange a free evaluation. If the evaluation shows that your child needs help, we'll tell you how to get that help at little or no cost. Call 1-800-EARLY ON (327-5966) for free information about your child's development and Early On services, or visit us on the Web at http://www.1800earlyon.org/

Should You Be Concerned About Your Child's Development?

Each baby goes through developmental stages. Here are some tips to help you decide if you should ask for help.


By 3 Months
Does your baby...

     -roll from side to side?
     -play with her hands?
     -laugh out loud?
     -smile when talked to?
     -show interest in faces?

By 6 Months
Does your baby...

     -sit up with little support?
     -roll over?
     -pass things from one hand to the other?
     -like to be touched and held?
     -listen and respond when spoken to?

By 12 Months
Does your baby...

     -stand alone for at least two seconds?
     -drink from a cup with help?
     -wave good bye?
     -use a few short words like "mama"?
     -sleep through the night?
     -play games with you like "peek-a-boo"?

By 24 Months
Does your toddler...

     -walk and run well?
     -ask for things by name?
     -use two or three words together?
     -handle a spoon well?
     -get along with other children?

For more information and resources go to:

Early On Michigan

If you think that your child's growth, learning, or social skills are not the same as those of other children the same age, the sooner you check it out the better. Call Early On® Michigan. We'll talk with you and refer you to an Early On Coordinator close to your home. Your Coordinator can also give you information on things that you can do to help your child grow and learn. We want your child to have a Great Start in life. Call us. We're here to help.

For local information contact Early On:
Extension 4663

Other Links

Resources For Identifying and Acting on Possible Developmental Delays