Act Early Network

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The Act Early Network is a collaborative initiative that supports you and the work in your state to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities. The Act Early Network comprises three parts:

The Network is a joint effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). CDC’s "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program is the foundation of the Act Early Network. For more information visit: or

Act Early Forum Resource Sharing Site

  • post your resources
  • learn new information from other state teams

Act Early Forum listserv

  • easy way to request or share information nationally

Click here to read about the Act Early Regional Summit Project.


Act Early Ambassadors Project

The Act Early Ambassadors project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts to 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 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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Materials from Past Events

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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Now Archived: Rethinking Expulsion and Suspension Practices in Early Childhood  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar will provide an overview of federal and select state data, policies and practices related to suspensions and expulsions of young children in early childhood education programs such as early learning centers, preschool programs and child care, and will provide policy and practice guidance to prevent expulsions from early childhood programs and to mitigate interactions related to behavior that might seem challenging. With federal and state policies under consideration and in current practice, states have a prime opportunity to respond to this significant issue, and this webinar will offer guidance for identifying key strategies in policy and practice that can make a difference.

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Now Archived: HHS/ED Joint Policy Statement on Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs and the Role of UCEDDs

Now Archived: HHS/ED Joint Policy Statement on Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs and the Role of UCEDDs  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services will be issuing in June a joint policy statement on inclusion of children with disabilities, including developmental disabilities, in early childhood inclusion programs. The goal is to provide recommendations to states and communities to increase inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood programs. Attend this webinar to learn more about the joint policy statement and to engage in a discussion of how the UCEDDs can strategically disseminate this policy statement to the field.

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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.



Systemwide Solutions for Developmental-Behavioral Concerns

A new article in Pediatrics proposes that every U.S. state needs: 1) a family-friendly, screening and care coordination entity, 2) comprehensive, tiered, and equitable assessments for "at-risk" or referred children, 3) universal access to high-quality early learning or preschool programs, and 4) continuous accountability for the early detection process from birth to 5 years, and this includes an outcome-based metric for kindergarten readiness. Leaders in health, education, and social service sectors must boldly address our nation's capacity crisis in a system-wide manner.



HHS, ED, and Too Small to Fail Release the Talk, Read, Sing Together Every day! Toolkit

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, in partnership with Too Small to Fail, are providing these critical resources to families, caregivers, and early learning providers. Last week, we proudly released "Talk, Read, Sing Together Every Day", a free suite of resources that can help enrich children's early language experiences by providing tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth and extending into the early years.





Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

AUCD webinar - February 2014

Funded through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the LEND Pediatric Audiology Training Program supports 10 LEND programs to increase the didactic content and clinical experience of trainees in pediatric audiology. This webinar used a combination of information from the literature, retrospective chart review of children with a dual diagnosis and feedback from family and professional focus groups to assist the learner in understanding the unique needs of children who are deaf/hard of hearing with an autism spectrum disorder. Red Flags for atypical communication were presented as well as information about the needs related to communication, functional skills, and integrated care models.



ASD Video Glossary

Welcome to the ASD Video Glossary, an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This glossary contains over a hundred video clips and is available to you free of charge. Whether you are a parent, family member, friend, physician, clinician, childcare provider, or educator, it can help you see the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and spot the early red flags for ASD. All of the children featured in the ASD Video Glossary as having red flags for ASD are, in fact, diagnosed with ASD.



Congressional Autism Caucus Releases Report on Federal Autism-Related Efforts

U.S. Representatives Mike Doyle (PA-14) and Chris Smith (NJ-4), released a report describing autism-related research and service activities carried out by the US Government over the last four years. This report, which was required by the Combating Autism Act (CAA) of 2006, describes action that the Federal Government has undertaken since enactment of the CAA, primarily in the fields of research and services. The report highlights the positive impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and noted the effectiveness of behavioral health treatments for children with autism.


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 Special October 2015 Issue!



Act Early Forum
Webinar Series

Learn the Signs Act Early

Act Early Forum
Webinar Series:
Act Early Systems Change to Improve Early Identification of Developmental Disabilities

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"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


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


"Act Early" listserv mailing list

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MCHB Combating Autism Act


NCSL Autism Legislation Database