Act Early

 
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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.

 

 
 

Materials from Past Events

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Conference

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Conference  Copy to Calendar

Monday, May 2, 2022 - Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Location: Virtual

The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative* is excited to offer a virtual training series about Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. The purpose of this month-long May Event is to raise awareness and offer educational opportunities for professionals working with children 0-6 and their families. This critical workforce includes, among others, early childhood mental health professionals, early interventionists, early childhood educators, home visiting professionals, families, and caregivers.

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Assessing Family Needs by Going Through Their Day... and Their Worries and Desires for Change

Assessing Family Needs by Going Through Their Day... and Their Worries and Desires for Change  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom

Family assessment is required in IDEA Part C but is important throughout childhood and youth. A unique way to determine family needs is a Routines-Based Intervention, especially if it involves asking about time for yourself, what you worry about, and what you'd like to change in your life. This intervention leads to outcomes/goals meaningful to families and functional for children.

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Act Early Forum Webinar Series: The 4 Steps to Early Identification in a Special Population: Leveraging Project SCOPE to Support Families of Young Children

Act Early Forum Webinar Series: The 4 Steps to Early Identification in a Special Population: Leveraging Project SCOPE to Support Families of Young Children  Copy to Calendar

Monday, March 7, 2022
1:00 p.m. ET - 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar will highlight the work of the Project SCOPE (Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic) National Training Initiative to integrate "Learn the Signs. Act Early." resources and tools into the curriculum used in 14 states. Project SCOPE uses the ECHO model to increase the knowledge and skills of interdisciplinary audiences (e.g., early childhood educators, early interventionists, therapists, public health professionals) who work with children with prenatal opioid exposure and other related trauma exposures and their caregivers.

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News

 

6/17/2022

Herron Named Interim Director of the Early Childhood Center at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community

Katie Herron, research scientist with the Institute's Early Childhood Center, has been appointed as interim director of the center. Herron is replacing Michael Conn-Powers, who has retired after serving as the center's director for 28 years. Herron has been with the institute for nearly a decade and brings her extensive background in psychology and belief in the center�s research-to-practice mission to the role.

 
 

5/16/2022

Mentoring Autism Researchers to Advance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention in San Diego, February 2022, Dr. Landa brought together current and past mentees to support their career development and foster exchanges between early investigators from diverse cultural, racial, and geographic backgrounds. Each of the mentees had the honor of presenting cutting edge research at this very prestigious scientific meeting.

 
 

5/10/2022

Promoting Learn the Signs, Act Early in the Latinx communities of Minnesota

Andrea Castillo is a Family and Caregiver Empowerment Specialist at CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio) and University of Minnesota LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) fellow mentored by Dr. Jennifer Hall-Lande, CDC Act Early Ambassador to Minnesota. Andrea's LEND project was to promote the public health campaign Learn the Signs, Act Early (LTSAE) to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

 
 
 

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!

Winter 2022

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Act Early Forum
Webinar Series

Learn the Signs Act Early


Winter 2022 Webinar

March 7, 2022
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

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The 4 Steps to Early Identification in a Special Population:
Leveraging Project SCOPE to Support Families of Young Children