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).
Boston Parents Paper "Your Child With Special Needs" Issue Features MA Act Early Article on Tracking Milestones
“Tracking Milestones: Act Early to Improve Outcomes” written by Elaine Gabovitch is featured on page 25 of the Boston Parents Paper's annual special online issue of "Your Child With Special Needs" and highlights info from “Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive!” and “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” programs, as well as from our own Massachusetts campaign.
"Amazing Me!" Day at Boston Children's Museum, Sunday October 5
In partnership with MA Act Early and the CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaigns, Boston Children's Museum will hold a special event based on the Act Early & Reach Out & Read book "Amazing Me! It's Busy Being Three" for families of young children on October 5 starting at 9 am for members only and from 10:30 until 1 pm for both members and the general public. The day will incorporate a Story Walk book reading activity, music and movement, learning about developmental milestones in 3 year olds, and more. The CDC will donate 300-400 books in English and Spanish to be distributed at the event. The "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign will be prominently displayed through web banners, flat screen displays and a Massachusetts Act Early table to distribute materials.
If you work with families of young children, please spread the word about the day's special activities
If you're a family who would like to attend, please visit Boston Children's Museum's calendar on their web site for more information.
Have you heard of "Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive"?
Recognizing the importance of early identification and screening, the Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, Health Resources and Services Administration, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education partnered to launch Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!, 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 to the public on March 27, 2014 with 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.
Learn more at their web site where you can download their materials.
6 X 15 Campaign
In recognition of 2015 marking 40 years of IDEA and 25 years of the ADA, the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) is honoring the legacy of our past and helping build a new future by inviting states to join their effort to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015. The goals cover early childhood, education, healthy living, transition, employment and community living.
Under the Early Childhood goal, they hope that by the end of 2015, six states will have increased their current rate of developmental screening for children birth to three by 15 percent and at least six states commit to improving cross-system information exchange that supports access to services for children identified by screening.
To learn more, visit http://sixbyfifteen.org/.
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Last updated 9/14/2014