Have you heard of Build Up Michigan but aren’t sure what services it offers or how it can help your child? We’re here to break things down and help you understand how Build Up can help families in the world of special education services, particularly at preschool ages 3, 4 and 5.
All About Build Up:
Build Up Michigan strives to help parents and their kids, ages 3 through 5, receive appropriate educational support services. Those kids may just be beginning, or perhaps continuing, to learn essential life skills needed to enter kindergarten.
Build Up is devoted to identifying children who may be eligible for special education services in Michigan. It continually engages in public awareness activities, screenings, evaluations, and referrals of young children with disabilities and their families to appropriate local programs and special education support resources. Build Up wants to make the community – that’s YOU! – aware of the programs available to help families and children who qualify for special instruction and related services.
These efforts are supported by a partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.
Check out Build Up’s FAQ Quick Guide, with answers to your top questions about your young child’s development, Build Up’s services, and how it all works.
How Do I Know If My Child Needs Help?
It’s normal for children to grow and learn at different rates. However, there are some developmental milestones that most children will generally reach between the ages of 3 and 5. Milestones can assist in identifying whether and how a child may be struggling. Click here for Build Up’s list of what most children do at ages 3, 4 and 5, and what you might be on the look out for as parents of young children.
Keep in mind, a wide range of concerns could potentially impact a child’s learning ability, including difficulties with speech and/or language, cognitive impairment, autism spectrum disorder, emotional concerns, traumatic brain injury, hearing or visual difficulties, early childhood developmental delay or a specific learning disability. The key is early intervention!
Special Education Services Available to Preschoolers:
Now you know that Build Up can help connect you with some fantastic resources! But wait, where exactly are these programs?
If after receiving a free evaluation, it is determined that your preschooler qualifies for special education support, the actual special education services and programs are available through your local school district. Read more about the specifics here, including how Michigan’s Early Childhood Special Education program offers a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all eligible children, in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
For more information on Build Up Michigan or its services, visit https://www.buildupmi.org/ or call the Michigan Special Education Information Line at 1-888-320-8384.