Now Accepting Applications for CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." 2016-2018 Ambassador Program

December 17, 2015


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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 the request for applications (see attached .pdf document) for detailed information. Please feel free to share the RFA with your colleagues who may be interested and qualified.

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
  • 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 one (1) per state/territory/tribe EXCEPT for those with populations of greater than 10 million according to the 2010 census, in which case up to two (2) Ambassadors may be selected.


RFA Released: December 16, 2015
Informational Call: January 7, 2016 at 2:00pm EST

  • To join, please dial 1-866-951-1151 (code: 1857734)

Applications Due: February 29, 2016
Awards Announced: April 15, 2016 or sooner
Orientation Call: May 3, 2016 at 3:00pm EST
Ambassador Training (Atlanta, GA): June 8-9, 2016

If you have additional questions, please contact Abigail Alberico, Public Health Project Manager at [email protected] or (301)588-8252 x205.