Act Early Network

 
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Act Early Network, a collaborative initiative that supports state efforts to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities, including the:

Act Early Forum, a national community of over 800 early identification professionals and family members across the country

Act Early Ambassadors, state community change agents serving as liaisons to the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program

Act Early State Systems Grants, state-level systems change projects for improving developmental monitoring.

AUCD collaborates with The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs to implement "Act Early" efforts supported by the Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.

For more information, please contact Abigail Alberico, MPH, Public Health Program Manager, aalberico@aucd.org.

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Act Early Ambassadors Project

The Act Early Ambassadors project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts who promote developmental monitoring and screening and improve early identification practices. It is a collaborative effort on behalf of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). Act Early Ambassadors serve as state or territorial liaisons to the Act Early Initiative and act as a community champion or change agent to increase awareness activities and improvement of early identification practices.

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Upcoming Events

Early Childhood Workforce Development  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The early childhood workforce plays a critical role in successfully including children with disabilities in early childhood programs. However, as noted in the Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs released by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (HHS), there is large variability in the training, education, and expertise of the early childhood workforce to effectively support inclusion. Presenters will discuss current issues related to workforce development and highlight training programs at University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

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DECs 32nd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families

DECs 32nd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - Thursday, October 20, 2016
Location: Louisville, KY

The 32nd Annual International DEC Conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. This year's conference theme, "A Winning Trifecta: Knowledge, Implementation, and Evaluation of DEC Recommended Practices," features leading experts from around the world in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related disciplines. Our conference program is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of those who work with or on behalf of young children with special needs and their families.

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AUCD 2016 Conference: Navigating Change, Building Our Future Together

AUCD 2016 Conference: Navigating Change, Building Our Future Together  Copy to Calendar

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Location: Washington, DC

The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.

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Materials from Past Events

Inclusive Early Childhood Program Models:  Waisman Early Childhood Program

Inclusive Early Childhood Program Models: Waisman Early Childhood Program  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
4:00 p.m. ET - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This month the EIEC SIG is kicking off a series that is dedicated to Inclusive Early Childhood Program Models in which early childhood intervention supports and services to infants and young children with disabilities are provided in programs that are inclusive: that is, programs in which the majority of children are typically developing, and the children with disabilities receive services and accommodations embedded in developmentally appropriate classroom routines and activities.

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Systemwide Solutions for Developmental-Behavioral Concerns

Systemwide Solutions for Developmental-Behavioral Concerns  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join to learn more about how leaders in health, education, and social service sectors can boldly address our nation's capacity crisis in a system-wide manner.

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Now Archived: Translation of the Early Achievements Intervention for Implementation in Public Pre-K Classrooms with Children with ASD  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Efficacy for the Early Achievements (EA) intervention for toddlers with ASD was established via a comparative randomized controlled trial (RCT). Through IES funding, this intervention was translated via an iterative process for feasible, adoptable, and sustainable implementation in public school pre-K classrooms in which children with ASD are enrolled. In this webinar, the EA intervention, the translation process, and preliminary data from a pilot RCT in public school classrooms will be described. Next steps in establishing sustainability in public early childhood education settings will be discussed.

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News

 

5/14/2015

Act Early Northeast Regional Developmental Screening, Referral and Response Conference

The Act Early Ambassadors from the Northeast States have news to share on the Northeast Regional Developmental Screening, Referral and Response Conference scheduled on May 21 and May 22 in Hartford, CT. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to exchange national and state information on early identification, developmental screening, referral and response strategies and time for state teams to enhance state autism plans. Each state invited up to fourteen stakeholders committed to early identification, developmental screening, and referral and response activities. Breakout sessions are woven in to the agenda to allow time for state teams to gather and identify two to four strategies and outcomes to enhance their state autism plan.

 
 

7/8/2016

Dr. Jeffrey Brosco,Mailman Center for Child Development (FL LEND), Appointed to HHS Advisory Committee on Disorders in Newborns and Children

Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., a nationally recognized pediatrician and scholar at the Miller School of Medicine, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children.

 
 

5/3/2016

Dr. Jennifer Hall-Lande (MN UCEDD) Appointed MN Act Early Ambassador

Dr. Jennifer Hall-Lande of the Institute on Community Integration has been selected as Minnesota's 2016-18 Act Early Ambassador by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. This marks the start of her second two-year term as the Minnesota point-of-contact for the CDC's nationwide "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 
 
 

Resources

 

4/20/2016

New Dynamic Website Focuses on Total Child Health for Iowa's Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, their Families, and Providers

The Iowa Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP) collaborated with Iowa�s Systems Integration Grant to create a new robust website, IowaChildHealthConnections.org. This dynamic website focuses on total child health for Iowa�s children and youth with a special health care need, their families, and the providers who care for them.

 
 

12/17/2015

Now Accepting Applications for CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." 2016-2018 Ambassador Program

AUCD, the CDC, and HRSA are excited to announce the RFA for the 2016-2018 cohort for the Act Early Ambassadors: State, Territorial, and Tribal Liaisons to CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program. Please see the Act Early Ambassador Program overview below and the request for applications (see attached .pdf document) for detailed information. Please feel free to share the RFA with your colleagues who may be interested and qualified.

 
 

12/15/2015

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Ambassadors Expand the Reach of the Campaign

Since May 2015, the Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassadors distributed a total of 69,841 materials, and this is a 99.4 percent increase compared to the overall total of 39,984 materials distributed from June 2014 to November 2014. From December 2014 to April 30, 2015, approximately 12,868 target audience members have been reached. The Act Early Ambassadors reached 1,097 family service providers, 1,855 health care professionals, 4,272 early care and education providers, 5,571 parents of young children, and 25 media outlets. Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials are available in the following languages: Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, and Somali. Visit the Learn the Signs. Act Early. website to view and download these materials.

 
 
 

Act Early Network News

Read the latest issue of the AEN News to learn about "Learn the Signs. Act Early." success stories, lessons learned, updates, announcements and more!

Read the Spring Issue, 2016

Subscribe to Act Early Network News by joining the Act Early Network listserv, actearly@lyrisvs.aucd.org. To join the Act Early Network listserv, send an email to aalberico@aucd.org.

 

 
 

Act Early Forum
Webinar Series

Learn the Signs Act Early

Act Early Forum
Webinar Series:
"Learn the Signs. Act Early. Missouri WIC Implementation & Evaluation Project

View the webinar here!

 

 
 

"Act Early" Resource Sharing Site

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Act Early Resource Sharing Site is password protected collaborative space.  Account required to access a portal.

 
 

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Rubric

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Click here to view and complete the Act Early Rubric for your state!

 
 

"Act Early" listserv mailing list

Listserv mailing list is an easy way to request or share information nationally.

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