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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Upcoming Events

Act Early Forum Webinar: Text4Baby Mobile Information Service and Act Early Collaboration Opportunities

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
2:00pm ET - 3:00pm ET

The Act Early Forum Webinar: Text4Baby Mobile Information Service and Act Early Collaboration Opportunities is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 at 2pm-3pmET.

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Materials from Past Events

HANDS in Autism Model in Practice: 3-Day Early Childhood Programming Workshop

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Indianapolis, IN

Join the HANDS in Autism' Team for an intensive training that focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching in a simulated classroom/work environment. Individuals on the spectrum participate, facilitating a rich learning environment for all.

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Now Archived: Act Early Forum Webinar: State Systems Grantees Program Implementation and Lessons Learned

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
3:00pmET - 4:00pmET
Location: Webinar

The first quarter of 2015 Act Early Webinar welcomes the Act Early State Systems Grantees to present their 2014 project implementation activities and lessons learned. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 at 3pm-4pmET.

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Now Archived: Bringing PBIS to Early Childhood Programs: The prevention of challenging behavior and the promotion of young children's social emotional competence  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join us for a discussion about the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) within early care and education programs. Dr. Lise Fox, one of the developers of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children, will describe how the framework of PBIS can be implemented with very young children within community and publicly-funded early care and education programs

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Act Early Network News, Winter Issue, 2015



Minnesota Act Early Team Actively Targets Culturally Diverse Communities

The Minnesota Act Early team has actively targeted these disparities in their community through outreach to culturally diverse communities. One of the primary goals has been to build both awareness and capacity within local diverse communities. The project reaches out to diverse communities to educate about screening and build expertise within communities around healthy development, the importance of regular developmental screening, early warning signs of ASD/NDDs, and early intervention.



Free Videos and Vignettes Available Online for Recognition & Response: RTI for Pre-K

Watch this video and observe how the teachers use handheld devices to gather assessment information on children's language and literacy skills. The Recognition & Response project is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.





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!

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Act Early Forum
Webinar Series

Learn the Signs Act Early

Act Early Forum
Webinar Series:
Webinar Series: Healthy Beginnings System of Care Project

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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

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

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MCHB Combating Autism Act


NCSL Autism Legislation Database