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Child & Family Outcomes

Early On is here to help your child with his or her process of growing and learning. It can also help your family to be better able to help your child grow and learn. Part of our work is to measure how much Early On helps your child. We do this by checking on how your child grows and learns while he or she is in Early On. We call this measuring Child Outcomes.

Child outcome indicators include infants and toddlers who demonstrate improvement in:

  • Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships)
  • Acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/communication); and
  • Use of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs
Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships). Making new friends and learning to get along with others is an important accomplishment of the early childhood years. Children develop with a sense of who they are by having rich and rewarding experiences interacting with adults and peers. They also learn that different rules and norms apply to different everyday settings and that they need to adjust their behavior accordingly. Acquisition of knowledge and skills (including early language/communication and early literacy. Over the early childhood period, children display tremendous changes in what they know and can do. This outcome involves activities such as thinking, reasoning, remembering, problem-solving, number concepts, counting, and understanding the physical and social worlds. Use of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs. As children develop, they become increasingly more capable of acting on their world. With the help of supportive adults, young children learn to address their needs in more sophisticated ways and with increasing independence. This outcome involves behaviors like taking care of basic needs, getting from place to place, using tools (such as forks, toothbrushes, and crayons). It also includes integrating motor skills to complete tasks; taking care of one's self in areas like dressing, feeding, grooming, and toileting; and acting on the world in socially appropriate ways to get what one wants.

Family outcome indicators include responses from families participating in Early On who report that early intervention services have helped their family:

  • Know their rights;
  • Effectively communicate their childrens needs; and
  • Help their children develop and learn.

Child Outcomes are measured at a childs entry to and exit from Early On by a team including service coordinators/providers and families. Family Outcomes are measured within the Early On Family Survey collected through the Qualitative Compliance Information Project at Wayne State University.

Early On Child Outcomes Handbook - link coming soon!
MDE Child & Family Outcomes
Michigan is measuring three child outcomes, as defined by the Office of Special Education Programs in the State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Plan. The three child outcomes are the result of the work of the Early Childhood Outcomes Center (ECO Center). They were reviewed and recommended by Results Teams comprised of stakeholders from around the state.

The overarching goal for all children is to be active and successful participants in their own learning now and in the future, in a variety of settings. Accomplishments in the various dimensions of each outcome area move a child toward their overall goal.

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