Act Early Ambassador Program

 

The Act Early Ambassador program 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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 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 liaisons to the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program and work as community champions with programs that serve young children and their parents, such as Head Start, Early Head Start, WIC, home visiting, and others. They also work with health care, early education, and child care professionals to improve early identification of developmental delay and collaborate with state agencies and campaign partners to improve policy and programs for early indentification. The current cohort of 54 Ambassadors represents 46 U.S. states, 3 territories, and 1 federal district.

Our 2019-2021 Act Early Ambasssador cohort has been recently selected and will begin their term at our annual Act Early Ambassador Training at CDC Headquarters in Atlanta on April 30th and May 1st, 2019. These Ambassadors will join the Act Early Ambassadors representing the 12 states currently in the middle of their 2018-2021 term. 

2018 Act Early Ambassador Group Photo
Act Early Ambassadors attending the 2018 Act Early Ambassador Training
at the CDC in Atlanta, Geogia.

  PDF   Meet the 2018 Ambassadors!

  PDF   Current Ambassador Roster & Contact Information

 
 

Recent News

 

10/15/2019

Mailman Center Implements Early Start Denver Model (FL UCEDD/LEND)

Therapists at the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development (MCCD) have embarked on an ambitious project to bring Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) services in English and Spanish to Miami. ESDM is an evidence-based intervention specifically developed for very young children with autism that fuses behavioral and developmental principles for an integrated approach. ESDM can be implemented in a clinic as well as different natural settings such as the home or the daycare/preschool by trained therapists and by parents within play and daily routines.

 
 
Picture of NCDPH's poster presentation with Sara Lyons from NACCHO, at NACCHO's annual conference in July 2019 in Orlando, FL

8/26/2019

AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health Working for You

AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health (NCDPH) builds capacity by encouraging collaboration between public health partners and AUCD's Network Centers. Key areas of health disparity serve as the focus areas for this National Center and include: Access to Healthcare, Developmental Monitoring and Screening, Emergency Preparedness, Nutrition and Healthy Weight, Wellness and Mental Health, and Sexual and Reproductive Health.

 
 
 

Upcoming Events

NEW EI/ECSE Standards- Why? When? Next Steps

NEW EI/ECSE Standards- Why? When? Next Steps  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children is in the process of developing the first ever, stand alone, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Personnel Preparation Standards. Learn more about the standards,what led to this important step forward for the EI/ECSE workforce and what it means to the Early Childhood Field/Systems. We will share opportunities to provide feedback to the DEC Standards Development Task Force.

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Act Early Network Quarterly Webinar: Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (B-5) Overview and Collaborative Opportunities

Act Early Network Quarterly Webinar: Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (B-5) Overview and Collaborative Opportunities  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET
Location: Webinar

Please join us on Wednesday, March 27th from 2-3p ET for our Act Early Network Quarterly Webinar. This quarter we will be highlighting the Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five (B-5).

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Millennial Connections Survey Results from Millennial Parents on their Beliefs, Needs, and Challenges

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Location: Webinar

This quarter, the Act Early Network is partnering with ZERO TO THREE to bring you a presentation on Millennial Connections: Survey Results from Millennial Parents on their Beliefs, Needs, and Challenges.

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Act Early Webinar: Empowering Developmental Monitoring

Act Early Webinar: Empowering Developmental Monitoring  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

Monitoring developmental milestones is important, whether you are a parent, early childhood educator, or healthcare provider! Join the Learn the Signs. Act Early. program as they connect with a representative from each audience to share real-life experiences and best practices for developmental monitoring and celebrating milestones, as well as the tools and resources that have helped them in providing the best care for children.

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How Does Infant Mental Health Support the Work of Part C/Early Intervention?

How Does Infant Mental Health Support the Work of Part C/Early Intervention?  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Competency Guidelines, created in Michigan, grew from competencies developed for Part C by that state's Department of Education. They have evolved to capture a broad range of knowledge and skill areas and the opportunity to earn a credential (Endorsement) for professionals who serve pregnant women, infants, young children, and families across all disciplines and service sectors, including early intervention. Presentation will include the usefulness of these competencies in supporting social-emotional development and relational health for families where the infant or young child is experiencing a delay or disability.

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Latest Findings on Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder and that Children receiving Developmental Monitoring and Developmental Screening Together are more likely to receive Early Intervention

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Monday, May 21, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

Daisy Christensen, Epidemiologist at NCBDDD at CDC, will present on the recent "Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014" data release. The latest findings from the ADDM Network provide evidence that the prevalence of ASD is higher than previously reported estimates and continues to vary among certain racial/ethnic groups and communities. With prevalence of ASD ranging from 13.1 to 29.3 per 1,000 children aged 8 years in different communities throughout the United States, the need for behavioral, educational, residential, and occupational services remains high, as does the need for increased research on both genetic and nongenetic risk factors for ASD. During the latter half of the webinar, Rebecca Wolf, Team Lead, "Learn the Signs. Act Early." at CDC, and Brian Barger, Director of Research and Evaluation at GSU's UCEDD, will present on the study and findings of, "Better Together: Developmental Screening and Monitoring Best Identify Children who need Early Intervention".

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CDC's New Milestone Tracker: There's an App for That!

CDC's New Milestone Tracker: There's an App for That!  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
3:00PM Eastern - 4:00PM Eastern
Location: Webinar

Health Communications Experts from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined us on the line for an overview of CDC's FREE, new Milestone Tracker app. During this webinar participants will learn more about the app's unique features, receive tips on how to use the app to boost family engagement around developmental monitoring and screening, and get ideas for how to help promote the app in their communities. CDC developed the Milestone Tracker app to offer a fun and easy way to engage parents and other care providers in the important activity of monitoring children's early development.

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Emerging Populations: Challenges for the Early Childhood System

Emerging Populations: Challenges for the Early Childhood System  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

As a result of the opioid epidemic impacting many states, the early childhood system will be challenged to appropriately identify and serve very young children who have been exposed to prenatal substance use. Part C and preschool special education programs will have new and different issues in meeting child and family needs. Understanding and meeting the needs of the eligible population will require partnering with other early childhood programs as well as providing training and support for the professionals who will serve the family.

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Developmental Surveillance & Screening in Practices Initiatives at the American Academy of Pediatrics

Developmental Surveillance & Screening in Practices Initiatives at the American Academy of Pediatrics  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, February 16, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Christina Boothby, the Manager of Medical Homes Initiatives at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will present the implementation and findings of the developmental surveillance and screening project that is support by the CDC. Attendees will learn about a messaging campaign and a quality improvement project focusing on improving developmental surveillance and screening among pediatricians. Laura Frankel DeStigter, Manager of Screening in Practices Initiative at the AAP will present the planning and early implementation of the Screening in Practices Initiative. e screening, referral, and follow-up for developmental milestones.

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Early Childhood Workforce Development  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The early childhood workforce plays a critical role in successfully including children with disabilities in early childhood programs. However, as noted in the Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs released by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (HHS), there is large variability in the training, education, and expertise of the early childhood workforce to effectively support inclusion. Presenters will discuss current issues related to workforce development and highlight training programs at University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

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Beyond Implementation: Capturing the Value of Care Coordination

Beyond Implementation: Capturing the Value of Care Coordination  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, May 28, 2015
12:00pmET - 1:00pmET
Location: webinar

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Beyond Practice: Fostering Diverse Partnerships for Effective Care Coordination

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
12:00pmET - 1:00pmET
Location: webinar

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is hosting a free 3-part webinar series focusing on patient- and family- centered care coordination and its benefits for children, families, and clinicians.

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Act Early Forum Webinar: Text4Baby Mobile Information Service and Act Early Collaboration Opportunities

Act Early Forum Webinar: Text4Baby Mobile Information Service and Act Early Collaboration Opportunities  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, April 16, 2015
2:00pm ET - 3:00pm ET

The Act Early Forum Webinar: Text4Baby Mobile Information Service and Act Early Collaboration Opportunities is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 at 2pm-3pmET.

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Beyond Policy: Implementing Care Coordination in Practice

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Monday, March 30, 2015
1:00pmET - 2:00pmET
Location: webinar

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) is hosting the first webinar in a three part series focusing on implementation and evaluation of pediatric care coordination.

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Now Archived: Bringing PBIS to Early Childhood Programs: The prevention of challenging behavior and the promotion of young children's social emotional competence  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join us for a discussion about the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) within early care and education programs. Dr. Lise Fox, one of the developers of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children, will describe how the framework of PBIS can be implemented with very young children within community and publicly-funded early care and education programs

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Act Early Forum Webinar: Healthy Beginnings System of Care Project

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Thursday, October 23, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Please join the next Act Early Webinar as we welcome Susan Bertonaschi, Director of Health Promotion at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to introduce the Healthy Beginnings System of Care project. This project was designed to address the goal of helping young children become and stay healthy, develop well, and thrive socially and emotionally in order to achieve academic success.

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2014 CAAI Virtual Poster Symposium

2014 CAAI Virtual Poster Symposium  Copy to Calendar

Monday, July 28, 2014 - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
3:00 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT
Location: webinar

CAAI grantees are cordially invited to present at and participate in our first CAAI Virtual Poster Symposium! A virtual poster symposium expands the concept of a poster presentation beyond the walls of a conference hall. This event will share a wide variety of successes CAAI grantees have experienced in the identification, assessment, diagnosis, and services to children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and their families.

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Act Early Forum Webinar: The Act Early Network and You: Autism CARES Act

Act Early Forum Webinar: The Act Early Network and You: Autism CARES Act  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Thursday, July 24, 2014
3:30pm ET - 4:30pm ET
Location: Webinar

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2014 Act Early Ambassador Training (Invitation Only)

2014 Act Early Ambassador Training (Invitation Only)  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Location: Atlanta, GA

This two-day training will provide opportunities to learn more about the Ambassador program, including discussion about resources and tools that can be utilized during your term as an Ambassador. There will also be opportunities to network, share, and learn from fellow Ambassadors, the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." team at CDC and other Act Early partners.

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