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"Family members are a child's first and most important teachers. A growing body of research demonstrates that when families are actively engaged in their child's learning, children are better prepared for school and achieve at higher levels. Increased participation by families in pre-kindergarten programs has also been linked to greater academic motivation and stronger social and emotional skills among all children, regardless of ethnic and socioeconomic background." Source: Engaged Families, Effective Pre-K: State Policies Bolster Student Success, The Pew Center on the States, June 2010.

Special Education Mediation Services
Special Education provides no-cost collaborative support services for Early On families and service providers. A neutral facilitator may be requested to manage the IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) process to help support productive communication. If you disagree with anything about the plan, a neutral mediator can help you find common ground and hopefully come to an agreement through a confidential mediation process.
Phone: (888) 543-7178
Address: 516 S. Creyts Rd., Suite A
  Lansing, MI 48917
Safe Sleep for Infants
Follow these tips for safe sleep during every nap and night-time routine: Place your baby on their back, in a crib, bassinet or pack-n-play for every sleep time. Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet. Keep baby’s sleep space clutter free – no pillows, blankets or toys. Avoid covering baby’s head or overheating. Instead of a blanket, consider using a sleep sack, wearable blanket or footed sleeper to keep baby warm. Remind everyone who cares for your baby, including babysitters and family members, how to keep baby safe while sleeping.
Website: Safe Sleep for Infants website.
Contact: Colleen Nelson, Infant Safe Sleep Program Coordinator
Phone: (517) 243-1796
Address: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  Division of Maternal and Infant Health
  Lansing, MI 48933
Developmental Disabilities Institute Wayne State University
The Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) is located on the campus of Wayne State University in the heart of Detroit's cultural center. DDI is the state of Michigans University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and is part of a nationwide network dedicated to the development of inclusive communities, the enhancement of the quality of life of people with disabilities, and the enrichment of the field of disability research and service
Phone: (888) 978-4334
Fax: (313) 577-3770
TTY: (313) 577-2654
Address: Wayne State University
  4809 Woodward Ave, Ste. 268
  Detroit, MI 48202
Michigan Alliance for Families
Michigan Alliance for Families partners with Early On to increase the involvement of Michigan’s families in the growth and development of their infants and toddlers. Their staff includes Regional Parent Mentors who provide support to parents. They assist parents to understand special education, know their rights, learn to advocate for their child, help problem solve special education issues, and mentor existing and emerging parent leaders. Their comprehensive website includes information on special education issues, disability specific information, calendar of workshops, webinars (live and on demand), and a great Babies & Toddlers section.
Phone: (800) 552-4821
Address: 1325 S. Washington Avenue
  Lansing, MI 48910
Get Involved with Your LICC
The LICC is made up of representatives from the intermediate school district, the local Health and Human Services agency, Head Start programs, and parents. Parent members make up 20 percent of the LICC and must either have experience with or knowledge of Early On, and a child under the age of 13. There is a similar structure statewide, known as the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council (MICC). However, MICC members are appointed by the Governor to advise and assist the Michigan Department of Education in matters related to Early On. To learn more about the MICC, please visit the MICC web page. LICCs mirror the mandated MICC in concept and allow for involvement of parents, agencies, organizations, and individuals necessary to develop and maintain a coordinated early intervention service system at the local level. Parents bring a valuable perspective to the LICC. They know how programs impact families. A large portion of the LICC meeting is spent on issues that affect families, such as budgets, grants, and services. The parent voice is crucial when making decisions around these important issues.
Website: Get Involved with Your LICC website.
Baby Steps Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)
Baby Steps supports Mothers with healthy pregnancies, positive birth outcomes, and healthy infants. MIHP is one of the largest home visiting programs for Medicaid-eligible pregnant woman and infants. Baby Steps serves the Metropolitan Area in Michigan.
Phone: (248) 403-4435
Address: P.O. Box 3725
  Southfield, MI 48037
Child Development & Care - MDE
Looking for assistance with child care? the Michigan Department of Education offers date information about child care assistance and information for providers.
Website: Child Development & Care - MDE website.
Contact: Michigan Department of Education Child Care Licensing
Phone: (877) 614-7328
Michigan Council for Exceptional Children
The Michigan Council for Exceptional Children is a state chapter of the National Council for Exceptional Children, and part of the national community of educators who are the voice and vision of special and gifted education. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with exceptionalities and their families through professional excellence and advocacy
Michigan Division for Early Childhood
MiDEC is dedicated to promoting policies and evidence-based practice to support families and enhance the optimal development of all children. We provide information, resources, and guidance related to young children with special needs and their families. Respect for family values, diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and family circumstances are key values promoted through professional development and resource sharing. MiDEC seeks parents and/or family members of children with special needs to serve on the Family Involvement and Governmental Relations Committees.
Michigan Family Voices
Their Mission is, "To achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special needs and/or disabilities." Read their newsletter or sign up for a collaborative training.
Phone: (800) 292-7851
Michigan Family Support Council
The Michigan Family Support Council is a non-profit organization that was established in 1982 and consists of members who work in child support and understand Michigan's needs for professional development training, and the importance of program involvement to support Michigan families.
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