Early Childhood

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Developmental Screenings for Young Children
Families with children between the ages of 2 months and 5 years residing in Lapeer County School Districts can complete a FREE Ages and Stages (ASQ-3)  developmental screening, or Social-Emotional Screening if you have behavior concerns.  It only takes 10 minutes to complete and you will receive your results via email or phone within a week. 

There are five areas of development that are examined with our Ages and Stages developmental screening (ASQ-3): 
Fine Motor
Gross Motor
Problem Solving

There are seven areas of social-emotional development that are examined with our Ages and Stages Social-Emotional Screening (ASQ:SE-2):
Adaptive Functioning
Interaction with People

Parents will also learn more about what to expect at each stage of development. 

Early Diagnosis and Intervention can help give a child the best opportunity to reach his/her full potential. 

Questions contact B4Kindergarten Information Line 810-245-5994

Click HERE for Ages and Stages Developmental Screening
Click HERE for Ages and Stages Developmental Screening - Spanish

Click HERE for Ages and Stages Social-Emotional Screening
Click HERE for Ages and Stages Social-Emotional Screening - Spanish

If you live in Macomb, Wayne or Oakland County and have concerns about your child's development, click below to access the free screening. 

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The Importance of Early Intervention

Research shows that Early Identification and Intervention is an effective way to prevent or reduce delays for children at a later age. Lapeer County supports a continuum (range) of Early Childhood programming and services to assist children, ages birth to Kindergarten entry. This continuum also includes state funded preschool and community involvement for agencies interested in furthering the interests of young children and their families.

Early On (Birth to Three years)
For infants and toddlers living in Michigan, the federally-funded system of early intervention services under Part C of IDEA is Early On Michigan.  Early On specializes in evaluating and servicing children who are not developing at the rate of other peers.  This can include physical, mental, communication, adaptive, and/or social/emotional development, or conditions that may lead to a delay.

If you suspect a delay in the development of your infant or toddler, you may be eligible to receive free educational services.  Please call our B4Kindergarten Information Line (810-245-3994)

Build Up Michigan - Child Find (Three to 26 years)
Child Find is the component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires all states to locate, identify, and evaluate as early as possible, all children and youth residing in the state who may be eligible for early intervention and/or special education services.   Build Up Michigan specifically works with children, ages 3 to Kindergarten. In Lapeer County, persons referring a child may call our B4Kindergarten Information Line (810-245-3994).

If your child is currently enrolled in public school (K-12), contact your local school district special education office. 

Great Start Collaborative

A partnership of community leaders, business owners, charitable and faith based organizations parents, health and human services, governmental agencies and educators.  Visit Great Start Collaborative for more information. 

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Early Childhood Programs and Services
Research supports early identification and intervention for children with special needs.  Children identified at an early age, usually respond more successfully to interventions. Following birth there is a period of rapid brain reorganization that is a critical period (window of opportunity) in brain development during which children are most sensitive to intervention

Lapeer County Intermediate School District supports many early childhood programs that promote early development in children:

Head Start and Early Head Start serve the child development needs of preschool children (prenatal through age five) and their families.  Visit Lapeer - Head Start Website.

Great Start Readiness Program - GSRP ( Qualified 4 year olds)
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's free, quality, state funded program for four year old children with factors which may place them at risk for educational failure.  Michigan Department of Education oversees this program, with local Intermediate School Districts administering the program locally.
Research shows that children given a high-quality preschool experience show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program.   Call or email our  B4Kindergarten Information Line: 810-245-3994

Tuition Preschool Programs - Many local school districts offer fee-based preschool programs.  Visit www.greatstarttoquality.org for listings in the county.

Special Education Early Childhood Programs and Services- For children who qualify as a student with a disability, Lapeer County Schools offer comprehensive Early Intervention Services to children birth through age five.   


Main Phone Number:  (810) 664-5917          FAX:  (810)664-1011

Linda DeTavernier, Great Start Collaborative and Early On Coordinator   email

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