Updated FY 21 (COVID) Recommendation for State Funding

State funding for 2019-20 for Early On, under Section 54d of the School Aid Act, was $7,150,000, an increase from the previous year's $5 million. The Early On Michigan Foundation acknowledges this important beginning and investment in our infants and toddlers with delays and disabilities and their families. During the COVID-19 crisis, Early On providers across the state have continued to provide vital services to young children and their families related to their young child’s development, and have gone to great lengths to maintain relationships with families during this difficult time. The Foundation acknowledges the constraints on the State School Aid budget and urges policymakers, at a minimum, to maintain the current level of funding ($7.15 M) for FY 21 to support infants and toddlers with delays and disabilities and their families.

FY 21 Recommendation

The Early On Michigan Foundation recommends an incremental increase in state funding along with phased-in system change for Early On over the next three years in order to align eligibility, strengthen personnel standards, and increase support for our youngest children with delays and disabilities.

Please see our recommendation for strengthening Early On Michigan.  

Early On Needs YOU

While there are Early On success stories, funding for Early On is not adequate to meet the needs of all eligible infants and toddlers and their families throughout Michigan.  You can help in any of the following ways:

  1. Share information with your State Representative and/or State Senator about the need for state funding for Early OnEarly On uses evidence-based practices in working with families.  Research, talking points, and State Representative/Senator contact information are available under the Resources tab.
  2. Get involved.  Volunteer to serve on your Early On local interagency coordinating council.  Contact information for your Early On Coordinator is listed here.
  3. Donate to the Early On Michigan Foundation.  Your tax-deductible contribution will provide resources toward strengthening Early On and establishing state funding for Early On.  Donating is easy online or by writing a check to the Early On Michigan Foundation and sending it to the address below.

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