Annual Act Early Ambassador Training
The 2016-18 cohort of 45 Ambassadors representing 41 U.S. states and three territories commenced their first program year collaborating together at their annual Act Early Ambassador training at the CDC. Twenty-two returning Ambassadors, from the 2014-16 cohort, enthusiastically welcomed 23 new Act Early Ambassadors during the June 2016 training, as they shared best practices and innovative activities and products to increase developmental monitoring and screening. Throughout the two day training, the Ambassadors gained knowledge and strategies on reaching critical gatekeepers including physicians and early educators, what parents need to practice developmental monitoring, and how the Action Learning Model can assist them in reflecting and improving their state workplan activities.
The Act Early Ambassador program 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 disabilities and collaborate with state agencies and campaign partners to improve policy and programs for early identification. For more information on the Act Early Ambassadors, please click here.
Photos from the Annual Act Early Ambassador training”