Act Early Network

 
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Act Early Network, a collaborative initiative that supports state efforts to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities, including the:

Act Early Forum, a national community of over 800 early identification professionals and family members across the country

Act Early Ambassadors Project, state community change agents serving as liaisons to the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program

Act Early State Systems Grants, state-level systems change projects for improving developmental monitoring.

AUCD collaborates with The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs to implement "Act Early" efforts supported by the Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.

For more information, please contact Abigail Alberico, MPH, Public Health Program Manager, aalberico@aucd.org.

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Act Early Ambassadors Project

The Act Early Ambassadors project 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 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 or territorial liaisons to the Act Early Initiative and act as a community champion or change agent to increase awareness activities and improvement of early identification practices.

Learn more about the Act Early Ambassador project >

Meet the Ambassadors >

 
 

Materials from Past Events

2018 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute

2018 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - Thursday, May 10, 2018
Location: Chapel Hill, NC

The National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute is one of the premier educational opportunities for anyone involved in the care and education of young children with special needs in inclusive settings. Dozens of world-class experts, dozens of groundbreaking sessions, free courses for CEUs-and an enduring impact.

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Early Intervention and Preschool Child Outcomes Evaluation: A Closer Look

Early Intervention and Preschool Child Outcomes Evaluation: A Closer Look  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Each year, states are required to report on child outcomes of their early intervention (EI) and preK programs for infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities. This webinar will examine the approach to evaluating child outcomes developed by the Office of Special Education Programs(OSEP) for the purpose of accountability reporting.

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Act Early Network Quarterly Webinar: State Systems Grantees Share Their Success Stories

Act Early Network Quarterly Webinar: State Systems Grantees Share Their Success Stories  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, February 22, 2018
2:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Please join us on Thursday, February 22 from 2-3p ET for our Act Early Network Quarterly Webinar: State Systems Grantees Share Their Success Stories! Act Early State Systems Grantees from Guam, California, Georgia, and Montana will all join us on the line to share with us how they are using their funding to strengthen systems of early identification and improve the coordination of early intervention services for children at the state and local level. Grantees are actively engaged in public awareness, education and training, collaboration, and advocacy efforts that will be of interest to a broad audience. The Act Early Program is a collaborative initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to further advance the CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program.

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News

 

5/21/2018

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) Investigators Publish Book on Key Principles of Observational Measurement of Behavior

The systematic observation of behavior is one of the most basic methods of acquiring data and is especially valuable in early childhood assessment and research. Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) Investigators Paul Yoder and Blair Lloyd have co-authored, with University of Minnesota colleague Frank Symons, Observational Measurement of Behavior, Second Edition (Brookes Publishing, 2018).

 
 

4/26/2018

CDC Releases New Key Findings on Autism Spectrum Disorder

For more than two decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been tracking the prevalence and characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, through a multi-state tracking system focused on school-aged children. Data from the CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM)* Network help us understand more about the number of children with ASD, the characteristics of those children, and the age at which they are first evaluated and diagnosed.

 
 

4/20/2018

Changes in Intrinsic Local Connectivity After Reading Intervention in Children with Autism

Most of the existing behavioral and cognitive intervention programs in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have not been tested at the neurobiological level, thus falling short of finding quantifiable neurobiological changes underlying behavioral improvement.

 
 
 

Resources

 

4/20/2016

New Dynamic Website Focuses on Total Child Health for Iowa's Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, their Families, and Providers

The Iowa Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP) collaborated with Iowa's Systems Integration Grant to create a new robust website, IowaChildHealthConnections.org. This dynamic website focuses on total child health for Iowa's children and youth with a special health care need, their families, and the providers who care for them.

 
 

12/17/2015

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

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.

 
 

12/15/2015

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Ambassadors Expand the Reach of the Campaign

Since May 2015, the Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassadors distributed a total of 69,841 materials, and this is a 99.4 percent increase compared to the overall total of 39,984 materials distributed from June 2014 to November 2014. From December 2014 to April 30, 2015, approximately 12,868 target audience members have been reached. The Act Early Ambassadors reached 1,097 family service providers, 1,855 health care professionals, 4,272 early care and education providers, 5,571 parents of young children, and 25 media outlets. Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials are available in the following languages: Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, and Somali. Visit the Learn the Signs. Act Early. website to view and download these materials.

 
 
 

Act Early Network News

Read the latest issue of the AEN News to learn about "Learn the Signs. Act Early." success stories, lessons learned, updates, announcements and more!

Spring 2018

Subscribe to Act Early Network News by joining the Act Early Network listserv, actearly@lyrisvs.aucd.org. To join the Act Early Network listserv, send an email to

aalberico@aucd.org.

 
 

Act Early Forum
Webinar Series

Learn the Signs Act Early


"Improving Early Identification and Intervention for Children at Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder" on August 2, 2017 at 2p-3p ET

Register for the webinar!

 
 

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Rubric

rubric

Click here to view and complete the Act Early Rubric for your state!