2016-18 Act Early Ambassadors Project

 

The Act Early Ambassador program 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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 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 liaisons to the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program and work as community champions with programs that serve young children and their parents, such as Head Start, Early Head Start, WIC, home visiting, and others. They also work with health care, early education, 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 indentification. The current cohort of 45 Ambassadors represents 41 U.S. states and three territories.

Meet the 2016-2018 Ambassadors:

  • Roster & Contact Information .PDF


The following Ambassadors are collaborating with AUCD:
California

 

 

 
 

Upcoming Events

Emerging Populations: Challenges for the Early Childhood System

Emerging Populations: Challenges for the Early Childhood System  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

As a result of the opioid epidemic impacting many states, the early childhood system will be challenged to appropriately identify and serve very young children who have been exposed to prenatal substance use. Part C and preschool special education programs will have new and different issues in meeting child and family needs. Understanding and meeting the needs of the eligible population will require partnering with other early childhood programs as well as providing training and support for the professionals who will serve the family.

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Developmental Surveillance & Screening in Practices Initiatives at the American Academy of Pediatrics

Developmental Surveillance & Screening in Practices Initiatives at the American Academy of Pediatrics  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, February 16, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Christina Boothby, the Manager of Medical Homes Initiatives at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will present the implementation and findings of the developmental surveillance and screening project that is support by the CDC. Attendees will learn about a messaging campaign and a quality improvement project focusing on improving developmental surveillance and screening among pediatricians. Laura Frankel DeStigter, Manager of Screening in Practices Initiative at the AAP will present the planning and early implementation of the Screening in Practices Initiative. e screening, referral, and follow-up for developmental milestones.

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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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Beyond Implementation: Capturing the Value of Care Coordination

Beyond Implementation: Capturing the Value of Care Coordination  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, May 28, 2015
12:00pmET - 1:00pmET
Location: webinar

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Beyond Practice: Fostering Diverse Partnerships for Effective Care Coordination

Beyond Practice: Fostering Diverse Partnerships for Effective Care Coordination  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
12:00pmET - 1:00pmET
Location: webinar

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is hosting a free 3-part webinar series focusing on patient- and family- centered care coordination and its benefits for children, families, and clinicians.

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

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

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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Beyond Policy: Implementing Care Coordination in Practice

Beyond Policy: Implementing Care Coordination in Practice  Copy to Calendar

Monday, March 30, 2015
1:00pmET - 2:00pmET
Location: webinar

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) is hosting the first webinar in a three part series focusing on implementation and evaluation of pediatric care coordination.

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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 Forum Webinar: Healthy Beginnings System of Care Project

Act Early Forum Webinar: Healthy Beginnings System of Care Project  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 23, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Please join the next Act Early Webinar as we welcome Susan Bertonaschi, Director of Health Promotion at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to introduce the Healthy Beginnings System of Care project. This project was designed to address the goal of helping young children become and stay healthy, develop well, and thrive socially and emotionally in order to achieve academic success.

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2014 CAAI Virtual Poster Symposium

2014 CAAI Virtual Poster Symposium  Copy to Calendar

Monday, July 28, 2014 - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
3:00 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT
Location: webinar

CAAI grantees are cordially invited to present at and participate in our first CAAI Virtual Poster Symposium! A virtual poster symposium expands the concept of a poster presentation beyond the walls of a conference hall. This event will share a wide variety of successes CAAI grantees have experienced in the identification, assessment, diagnosis, and services to children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and their families.

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Act Early Forum Webinar: The Act Early Network and You: Autism CARES Act

Act Early Forum Webinar: The Act Early Network and You: Autism CARES Act  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Thursday, July 24, 2014
3:30pm ET - 4:30pm ET
Location: Webinar

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2014 Act Early Ambassador Training (Invitation Only)

2014 Act Early Ambassador Training (Invitation Only)  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Location: Atlanta, GA

This two-day training will provide opportunities to learn more about the Ambassador program, including discussion about resources and tools that can be utilized during your term as an Ambassador. There will also be opportunities to network, share, and learn from fellow Ambassadors, the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." team at CDC and other Act Early partners.

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