Welcome to Massachusetts Act Early
Massachusetts Act Early aims to educate parents and professionals about healthy childhood development, early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, the importance of routine developmental screening, and timely early intervention whenever there is a concern.
Whether you are a parent or a professional who works with young children and their families, our hope is that you will find helpful information at the MA Act Early website to promote healthy development in all children.
Please visit us often as we add new information to reflect our growing state campaign. We hope to see you again soon!
Massachusetts Act Early is the state campaign for the national "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), in collaboration with the Health Resources & Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal & Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
Elaine Gabovitch Reappointed as CDC Act Early Ambassador
Elaine Gabovitch, State Team Leader of the Massachusetts Act Early state team and UMass Medical School-E.K. Shriver Center LEND faculty has been reappointed to serve as the CDC Act Early Ambassador to Massachusetts for another two-year term from May 2014 through April 2016. During this time, she will reach out to potential state team partners to continue to broaden the state's infrastructure for early identification for children at risk for autism and other developmental disorders. She will host at least one state team meeting per year using part of her Ambassador funding to support the state team network.
MA Act Early Awarded Two New Grants
Two new grants have been awarded for the following MA Act Early projects:
Considering Culture in Autism Screening:
A Culturally & Linguistically Competent Training Curriculum for Pediatric Providers
Awarded by the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund from September 2013 through October 2014. The goal of the proposed demonstration project is to develop, implement, and evaluate an educational module that trains pediatric providers in culturally competent screening, evaluation, and referral to intervention services for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
The Healthy People 2020 Roadmap for Massachusetts Children and Youth with ASD/DD: Understanding Needs and Measuring Outcomes
Awarded by HRSA-MCHB from September 2013 through August 2015. The two-year project will address a state priority in the 2013 Massachusetts Autism Commission report to develop a comprehensive statewide approach to address the needs of MA children and youth with autism and developmental disorders by implementing consistent statewide data collection practices.
(Read more about both new projects on our News page).
Check out our MA Act Early Blog
Read about a variety of topics related to healthy development in young children, the importance of early identification of autism spectrum and other developmental disorders, and other pertinent issues addressed by our expert "guest bloggers".
(Read more on our Blog page).
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Last updated 9/14/2013