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

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

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

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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"Learn the Signs. Act Early." in Health Center Settings  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

This quarter's Act Early Network Webinar will highlight the work of pediatricians to integrate "Learn the Signs. Act Early." resources and tools into their surveillance and screening practices within Federally Qualified Health Center settings. Federally Qualified Health Centers are community-based health providers that receive funds from the Human Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program to provide primary care services in underserved areas.

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Supporting Teachers' Use of Assistive Technology in Early Childhood: Lessons Learned in a Post-Pandemic World

Supporting Teachers' Use of Assistive Technology in Early Childhood: Lessons Learned in a Post-Pandemic World  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom Meeting

In this webinar, presenters will discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to modify a professional development program designed to support early childhood educators in using assistive technology with young children with disabilities. Following a brief overview of the core features of our coaching model, presenters will discuss responsiveness to the needs of both parents and educators as they pivoted to using AT for remote learning. The presentation will highlight unique challenges, unexpected benefits, key takeaways, and implications for the future of AT training in a virtual world.

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Request for Applications: AUCD-funded Pilot Study Using Administrative Data to Evaluate "Child Find" Early Identification Systems

This project will support evaluation of Child Find activities in 1-2 states using existing administrative data from the state early intervention (Part C) program and at least one other early childhood program such as preschool special education (Part B of IDEA), Medicaid, and developmental screening registries or a data system that already includes linked data from the Part C program and other early childhood programs.



Act Early Network News, Spring 2021 Issue



Building Resilience in Families with Young Children

The Act Early COVID-19 Response Teams are working to bolster the 4 steps of early identification of developmental delays and disabilities and to improve resiliency among families with young children during COVID-19 response and mitigation efforts. As one strategy to achieve these goals, the New Jersey team leads, Deepa Srinivasavaradan (Act Early Ambassador) and Caroline Coffield (NJLEND/UCEDD) along with Stephanie Michael (NJLEND Trainee), authored an article, Building Resilience: Resources to Help Families Grow from Challenging Times, featured in the 2021 Guide of Exceptional Parent magazine.



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

Subscribe to the Act Early Network listserv.


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