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Throughout Michigan, education programs and resources that enhance learning are available for most young children.  Through your public school district, special education supports and services for preschool-aged children (ages 3 through 5) with a developmental delay or disability are available for children who qualify (see eligibility categories under "Services" above).  If you are concerned that your child may have a disability that is getting in the way of learning, get connected.  Your local Child Find Coordinator will explain the resources available and help determine the next best steps for your child.  A recommendation may be to screen your child or complete an evaluation to determine if your child is eligible for special education programs and/or supports.  

  • Call your Child Find Coordinator OR Call 1-888-320-8384 (the Michigan Special Education Information Line). 

Talking to your Child Find Coordinator is the logical first step.  But, at any time, if you think your child may have a disability that qualifies him or her for special education, you may request an evaluation in writing. Evaluations take place during the regular school calendar (September – May). 

What is the Special Education Process in Michigan

Family Matters provides information for families about the special education process. 

 

Additional Resources

Learn about special education services for preschoolers with disabilities and resources available. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Parent Preschool Advocacy Brief (PDF) 

Special Education Services for Preschoolers with Disabilities

Center for Parent Information & Resources - Find webinars, articles, publications, flyers on topics related to special education. 

Family Matters - Learn about special education topics. Find resources to help your child. 

Michigan Alliance for Families - Provides information, support, and education for families who have children (birth through 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services. This website provides disability specific information.