Act Early Response to COVID-19



Creating Effective Partnerships to Improve Early Identification:  IDEA Early Intervention and Early Childhood Programs and LTSAE Ambassadors

Creating Effective Partnerships to Improve Early Identification: IDEA Early Intervention and Early Childhood Programs and LTSAE Ambassadors  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - Tuesday, November 17, 2020
3:00 p.m. ET - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: webinar

Attend this interactive Act Early Network Quarterly webinar to learn more about Rhode Island's Early Intervention partnership with their Act Early Ambassador to educate and train professionals in home visiting programs including Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home visiting (MECHV) Program professionals and early care and education professionals (such as Parents as Teachers) on the use of "Learn The Signs. Act Early."(LTSAE) developmental milestone resources to support earlier identification.

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The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has expanded its National Center on Disability in Public Health efforts with an investment of over $4M in the Act Early Network through an Act Early Network-wide Response to COVID-19 made possible by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC's Act Early Initiative promotes collaboration among early childhood programs in states and territories so children with autism or other developmental delays and disabilities can be identified early and referred to appropriate services and supports. The Act Early Ambassador Program is a collaborative effort of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and AUCD.

Map of Act Early Response to COVID-19 Teams Map

Funding of 43 Act Early COVID-19 Response Teams
43 State and Territorial Act Early COVID-19 Response Teams have recently been awarded a one-year grant opportunity for Support for Early Childhood State Systems Through the Act Early Network. This nationwide initiative is focused on support for early childhood state systems through the Act Early Network to support recovery and strengthen resilience skills, behaviors, and resources of children, families, and communities. This support opportunity is expected to bolster and evaluate the integration of parent-engaged developmental monitoring using "Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) in at least one high-reach statewide program serving families with young children (birth to age 5), as well as advance the promotion and distribution of relevant, existing tools, materials, and programs to improve resiliency among families with young children during COVID-19 response and mitigation efforts.
PDF 2020 Act Early Response to COVID-19 Team Leadership Roster

Act Early Ambassador Program Expansion
AUCD has also expanded the footprint of the Act Early Ambassador Program with seven new Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassadors: Angela Scott (Arkansas), Elaine Eclavea (Guam), Lori Orr (Illinois), Synthia Britton (Michigan), Sharon Loza (North Carolina), Claire Niday (Texas), and Jackie Newson (West Virginia). 60 Act Early Ambassadors now represent every state in the nation in addition to several territories. Act Early Ambassadors expand the reach of the Learn the Signs. Act Early. Program and support their respective state/territory's work toward improving early identification. They serve as a regional point of contact and promote the adoption and integration of Learn the Signs. Act Early. resources into systems that serve young children and their families.

Please contact Danielle Webber at [email protected] with any questions.