Early On

Purpose

Early On is designed to support families with children (birth to three years) who have developmental delays or disabilities. The goals are to:

  • Identify and evaluate possible developmental delays or disabilities in children,
  • Help families better understand and work with their child,
  • Enhance the growth and development of infants and toddlers.

Program

The program is based on a team evaluation and development of an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) with goals and objectives determined jointly by staff and parents.

The IFSP goals are developed in areas of:

  • Cognition (problem-solving skills)
  • Speech and Language
  • Fine Motor (hand/eye coordination skills)
  • Oral Motor (feeding and pre-speech skills)
  • Gross Motor
  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Self-help Skills

Services 

Early On provides the following specific services:

  • Multidisciplinary evaluation of the child's growth and development
  • Ongoing referral assistance to appropriate medical and social services
  • Home visits to support the child and family
  • Parent-child playgroup opportunities

Staff

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Vision Impaired Consultants
  • Hearing Impaired Consultants
  • Service Coordinators
  • Teacher Consultants for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Referral Procedure

Any child, from birth to three years old, who is suspected of having a developmental delay may be referred, call 616-796-1310.

The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District's Early On Program serves:

  • Allendale Public Schools
  • Coopersville Area Public Schools
  • Grand Haven Area Public Schools
  • Hamilton Community Schools
  • Holland Public Schools
  • Hudsonville Public Schools
  • Jenison Public Schools
  • Saugatuck Public Schools
  • Spring Lake Public Schools
  • West Ottawa Public Schools
  • Zeeland Public Schools

Parent Information/Links

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Family Guide to Respite Care

External Link Apraxia-Kids

External Link Born Learning Materials

External Link Child Development Services/Head Start

External Link Early On

External Link Great Start for Kids

External Link Parents As Teachers

External Link Michigan Directory of Service Providers for Infants, Toddlers, and Students with Disabilities

Transition Group Sites

Grand Haven Group Site
Rosy Mound Elementary School
14016 Lakeshore Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Holland Group Site
Maplewood ECC
925 Central
Holland, MI 49423

Allendale/Jenison Group Site
Oakwood Intermediate School
Room 124
10505 Learning Lane
Allendale, MI  49401

TAEG Group Site
Lakwood Intermediate School
Room 124
10505 Learning Lane
Allendale, MI  49401

West Ottawa Group Site
Lakewood Elementary School
2134 West Lakewood Blvd.
Holland, MI 49424

Zeeland Group Site
City on a Hill
100 S. Pine – Suite 300
Zeeland, MI  49464