Act Early Ambassadors Project

 
  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." initiative 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 and collaborate with state agencies and campaign partners to improve policy and programs for early identification. The current cohort of Ambassadors represent 29 states and one organization.

2014 Ambassadors

Act Early Ambassadors
  June 2014

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 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 click on the below RFA PDF to view and download the request for applications.

  • RFA for CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." 2016-18 Ambassador Program (.PDF)
  • Click here to listen to the recording of the informational call for CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." 2016-18 Ambassador Program RFA

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, territorial, or tribal point-of-contact for the national LTSAE program;
• supporting the work of Act Early Teams and other state/territorial/tribal 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 checklists, Milestone Moments booklet, Milestones in Action image library (coming soon), Milestone Tracker app (coming soon), 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 45 Act Early Ambassadors (representing states, territories, or tribes) will be funded; no more than 1 per state/territory/tribe EXCEPT for those with populations >10 million according to 2010 census, where up to 2 Ambassadors may be selected.

Timeline:
• RFA Released: December 16, 2015
• Informational Call: January 7, 2016, 2pmET. To join, please dial: 866-951-1151, code 1857734
• Applications Due: February 29, 2016
• Awards Announced: no later than April 15, 2016
• Orientation Call: May 3, 2016, 3pmET. To join, please dial: 866-951-1151, code 1857734
• Ambassador Training (Atlanta, GA): June 8-9, 2016
For additional questions, contact Abigail Alberico, Public Health Project Manager at aalberico@aucd.org.

 

Want to learn more?

 Meet the 2014-2016 Ambassadors! adobe icon

 Meet the 2013-2014 Ambassadors! adobe icon

 • 2013-2014 Ambassador Contact List adobe icon

 Read about 2011-2012 Ambassadors here!

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