New this year, The Early On Center will feature time and space at the 2017 MiDEC Conference

The Michigan Division for Early Childhood is pleased to open registration for the 2017 Michigan DEC ConferenceApril 28, at Central Michigan University!  The emphasis this year is the Parent/Professional Partnership, Collaboration and Inclusion.  Keynote speakers include Janice Fialka and Micah Fialka-Feldman.  Sessions will offer content for personnel, administrators, faculty, and families with vital interest in serving/educating children birth to age 8 with special needs.  Click here for a brochure.


The early bird registration deadline is April 13, so register soon!  For information and to register, visit:




In order to meet your needs, the Early On Center for Higher Education is excited to feature space and time at the 2017 Michigan DEC Conference for our Early On Center faculty.

Save the Date!


Michigan DEC’s 2017 Conference

Friday, April 28, 2017

Central Michigan University


Featuring Keynotes:

Janice Fialka and Micah Fialka-Feldman

Emphasis this year:

Parent-Professional Partnerships and Collaboration

Collaboration and Inclusion


Registration coming soon!

Early On Center Faculty Colloquium

Early On® Center Faculty Colloquium: An Annual Event for Faculty and other key stakeholders to Enhance the knowledge of Early Intervention and the Part C system of IDEA.

Each year, beginning in 2008, the Early On Center for Higher Education has sponsored a day long, state-wide Colloquium for faculty who represent  diverse disciplines in two and four year colleges and universities on a wide range of topics related to early childhood intervention and Part C of IDEA.  

The primary purpose of the colloquium is to build networks within the higher education community and to enhance the knowledge of early intervention so that faculty have access to state of the art research about practices, philosophy and current issues in early intervention which can be embedded into their teaching, college course work and practicum experiences.

The first colloquium was successfully held on September 19, 2008, at Lansing Community College primarily targeting faculty.  Julie Ribaudo, University of Michigan, provided the well received keynote, What is effective early intervention for families of infants and toddlers with disabilities. 

Workshops were also held on such topics as: 

  • an over view of Early On in Michigan
  • disability culture
  • effective ways to form and sustain partnerships presented by a panel of  families and service providers. 

The “Fall Forum”, a state-wide networking gathering was also included in the day’s events sponsored by MiAECTE, MECED and ACCESS.  Instructional activities and resources used to prepare students to  work in early intervention were shared among faculty.

Since 2008, the Early On Center has integrated the one day colloquium into the annual two-day state-wide Early On conference.  This model of bringing faculty, providers, and family members together to share experiences and conversations, and to learn side-by-side strengthens the real world knowledge of early intervention for all key stakeholders and provides valuable networking opportunities.

Each year the Early On Center announces a call for workshop proposals. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. 

Click on one of the following links for more information about past Faculty Colloquium:

Check out the "Announcements" Section on the right hand side of the website for additional resources from each Colloquium event.

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