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

Act Early Response to COVID-19, providing support for early childhood state systems through the Act Early to support recovery and strengthen resilience skills, behaviors, and resources of children, families, and communities during COVID-19 response, mitigation, and recovery efforts. 

Act Early Forum, a national community of over one thousand professionals with medical, child development, developmental disability, special education, and early intervention expertise.

Act Early Ambassadors, expand the reach of the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program and support their respective state’s work toward improving early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism.

Act Early State Systems Grants, 2011-2019, These grants were designed to strengthen state and community systems for early identification and coordination of services for children with developmental disabilities. To learn more about the specific strategies and implementation activities, click to view the interactive resource, “Learn the Signs. Act Early. AMCHP’s State Systems Grant: Eight Years in Review.”

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 Danielle Webber.

 

 
 

Upcoming Events

Mailman Center Hosts: Innovation and Connection Conference 2022

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022
9:00
Location: Virtual

The conference will bring together experts in early childhood development to discuss challenges and opportunities for the care and wellness of young children as they grow up in a pandemic. Speakers will discuss the physical and emotional impacts of COVID-19 on children 0-5 and their families and highlight ways in which early childhood personnel and allied health professionals can better support young children's well-being and development through practice and policy.

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Materials from Past Events

Preventing the Mismeasure of Young Children

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom

This webinar will help to prepare interdisciplinary professionals to become important team members and crucial partners to parents and teachers in the early childhood intervention field (e.g., teachers, speech/language pathologists; occupational therapists, physical therapists; early behavior specialists; and social workers).

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AUCD/ECPC Early Childhood Annual Pre-Conference

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Monday, November 1, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Zoom

UCEDDs are a critical partner to state teams developing an Early Childhood Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD).Please come and hear about how you can help build your state workforce for infants and young children with disabilities and their families. Representatives from UCEDDs and LENDs who have been working with states that are developing CSPDs will share their experiences and advice.

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Division for Early Childhood's 37th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Disabilities and their Families

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Monday, September 20, 2021
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Virtual

Join the Division for Early Childhood for a two-part Special Federal Event on September 20th, 2021! This two-part event is free to attend. Everyone, conference attendees and non-attendees alike, please register to attend live OR register to receive the recordings.

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News

 

12/9/2021

AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health Funds Pilot Studies using Administrative Data to Evaluate "Child Find" Early Identification Systems in Indiana and Minnesota

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has expanded its National Center on Disability in Public Health efforts with the funding of two, one-year pilot studies using administrative data to evaluate "child find" early identification systems in Indiana and Minnesota. This "child find" pilot is made possible by a cooperative agreement with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 
 

10/14/2021

Act Early Network News, Fall 2021 Issue

 
 

10/6/2021

State and Territorial Act Early/COVID-19 Response Teams Receive a Second Year of Funding to Support Early Childhood Systems

State and Territorial Act Early/COVID-19 Response Teams have been awarded a second year of funding for the grant opportunity for Support for Early Childhood State Systems through the Act Early Network. This second year, beginning 9/1/2021, has been made possible by an infusion of funding to support an Act Early Network-wide response to COVID-19 through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).

 
 
 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Request for Application:

CDC-AUCD Leadership Opportunity
Act Early Ambassadors: State or Territorial Liaisons to CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program

Submit all application material to Danielle Webber by October 8, 2021. Access the application now. 

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Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) Technical Assistance with WIC Developmental Monitoring Project from CDC.

Apply by October 15, 2021 to receive technical assistance in implementing "Learn The Signs. Act Early." in WIC. Access the short application now.

 
 

Act Early News

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

Summer 2021

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Act Early Forum
Webinar Series

Learn the Signs Act Early


Summer 2021 Webinar

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"Learn the Signs. Act Early." in Health Center Settings