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.
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).
MA Act Early News & Updates
On Friday, April 29, the MA Act Early state team will hold our 2016 Spring Summit on Building Capacity as an Early Identification Learning Community from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at UMass Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts.
State team members will engage in learning and networking on topics related to early identification:
For the full agenda, please visit our Events & Webinars page.
Space will be limited to the first 100 attendees who register by Friday, April 15 at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/actearly16.
We hope you can join us!
Massachusetts Act Early on No Small Victories Radio - Tune In!
MA Act Early State Team Leader and CDC Act Early Ambassador Elaine Gabovitch spoke on March 23, 2016 about the work of the Massachusetts Act Early program and the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early” campaign with state team member Jacqueline Williams-Hines who is the president of the nonprofit No Small Victories and the host of NSV Online Radio.
Listen to the archived broadcast here.
NSV Radio has new autism-related broadcasts live on the W4WN Entertainment Network every Wednesday night at 7 pm and archived on iHeart Radio.
Cable TV/Radio Series Grant for 2017 Awarded to Massachusetts Act Early
Massachusetts Act Early has been awarded a two-year “Developmental Monitoring Within State Systems” project grant from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP).
The project, which will be conducted from April 2016 through March 2018, will host a statewide cable TV and radio series about the importance of monitoring developmental milestones and how the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” resources can help young families. The target audiences will be families from the six predominant languages spoken in Massachusetts in addition to English. The team will plan, develop and promote the broadcasts in Year One and will launch and rebroadcast the cable access and radio programs in Year Two.
FREE Watch Me! Curriculum Available for Early Childhood Educators!
As an early care and education provider, you play a critical role in the health and wellbeing of children. You are also very well positioned to help identify children who might need extra help in their development. This FREE, online training course, Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns, helps you fulfill this role by providing tools and best practices for monitoring the development of children in your care and talking about it with their parents.
In this 1-hour, 4-module course, you will learn:
Continuing Education (CE) credit is available.
Have you heard of "Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive"?
Recognizing the importance of early identification and screening, Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated interagency effort to encourage developmental and behavioral screening and support for children, families, and the providers who care for them. Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! was launched on March 27, 2014 with a release of a compendium of research-based screening tools, "User's Guides" for multiple audiences, an electronic package of resources for follow-up and support, and a Screening Passport for Families for keeping track of screenings, results, and follow up steps, as well as coordinate information with multiple providers to support interventions and services.
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Last updated 8/5/2015