Early Childhood Developmental Delay


Federal Definition:

R 340.1711(1) Early Childhood Developmental Delay Defined:  "Early childhood developmental delay" means a child through 7 years of age whose primary delay cannot be differentiated through existing criteria within R 340.1705 though R 340.1710 or R 340.1713 to R 340.1716 and who manifests a delay in one or more areas of development equal to or greater than 1/2 of the expected development. This definition does not preclude identification of a child through existing criteria within R 340.1705 though R 340.1710 or R 340.1713 to R 340.1716.

National Organizations/Resources

Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)

DDR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those working with children who have developmental delays in sensory motor, language, social, and emotional areas.

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC)

DEC is a nonprofit organization advocating for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families. The DEC is dedicated to promoting policies and practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of children. Children with special needs include those who have disabilities, developmental delays, are gifted/talented, and are at risk of future developmental problems.

The National Institute on Developmental Delays (NIDD)

NIDD is a national resource center with a global outlook that strives to help children with developmental delays and their families. Their services extend to children, not only in the USA, but also across geographical boundaries, in keeping with their watchword 'Service for All Children'.

State & Local Organizations/Resources

Early On Michigan


Early On® Michigan is the system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or delays, and their families. Early On is supported by funding from Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood Education and Family Services. Early On ensures that eligible children and families receive comprehensive, collaborative, family-centered, strength-based services. Early On supports families as families help their children to learn and grow.

Project Find Michigan


Project Find is a Mandated Activities Project, funded by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services. Project Find conducts continuous public awareness and referral activities designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all children, youth, and young adults with disabilities who may be eligible for special educational services through Michigan's Administrative Rules for Special Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B. Project Find is devoted to helping individuals, parents, and people who work with families (known as primary referral sources), to connect with the special educational services that may be needed. In Michigan, eligible children, youth, and young adults may receive special educational services from birth to age 26.