Largest Group of Act Early Ambassadors in History Complete Annual Training at NCBDDD/CDC

March 29, 2018

Twelve newly selected Act Early Ambassadors joined forces with a veteran cohort of forty-three Act Early Ambassadors representing 50 states and 4 territories  on the campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Annual Act Early Ambassador Training on March 14 & 15, 2018 hosted by the Learn the Signs. Act Early. Team at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)/CDC along with project partners from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP).

Over the course of two days, Ambassadors heard from several of their colleagues and national partners on best practices and innovative activities and products to increase developmental monitoring and screening in the field.

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 identification.

TheAct 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 the CDC's NCBDDD, the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), AUCD, and AMCHP. For more information on the Act Early Ambassadors, please click here.