Act Early Ambassadors Project

 

2014 Ambassadors

The Act Early Ambassador 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 "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign and work as community champions with programs that serve young children and their parents, such as Head Start and Early Head Start, WIC, home visiting, and others, and health care and child care professionals to improve early identification of developmental delay.

 

Would you like to be a CDC "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Ambassador?

AUCD, the CDC, and HRSA are excited to announce the RFA for a new 2018-2019 cohort of Act Early Ambassadors: State and Territorial Liaisons to CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program. Please see the Act Early Ambassador Program overview below, and follow the link below to view and download the request for applications.

  • RFA for CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." 2018-19 Ambassador Program (.PDF)

 

Act Early Ambassador Program Overview

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), announce a funding opportunity for Act Early Ambassadors to work with CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) program to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, by:

  • serving as a state, or territorial point-of-contact for the national LTSAE program;
  • supporting the work of Act Early Teams and other state/territorial or national initiatives to improve early identification of developmental delay and disability; and
  • promoting the adoption and integration of LTSAE resources, including materials to support developmental monitoring (Milestone Tracker app, milestone checklists, Milestone Moments booklet, LTSAE children's books, Milestones in Action image library, etc.) and professional education tools ("Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns" online training for early care and education providers, and the "Autism Case Training (ACT)" developmental behavioral pediatrics curriculum and web-based CE course for primary care health professionals) into systems that serve young children and their families or train those who serve young children and their families.

Up to 11 Act Early Ambassadors representing the following states or territories will be funded, with no more than one Ambassador per state or territory listed: Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Northern Mariana Islands, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wyoming.

Timeline:

  • RFA Released: December 12, 2017
  • Informational Call: January 10, 2018, 3:30pmET. To join, please dial: 866-951-1151, code 1857734
  • Applications Due: January 18, 2018
    • Ambassadors Notified By: February 1, 2018
  • Orientation Call: February 27, 2018, 2pmET. To join, please dial: 866-951-1151, code 1857734
  • Ambassador Training (Atlanta, GA): March 14-15, 2018

For additional questions, contact Danielle Webber, Act Early Program Manager at dwebber@aucd.org.

 

Want to learn more?

Meet the 2016-2018 Ambassadors!

If you have questions or would like more information about the Act Early Ambassadors, contact Abigail Alberico.