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AMCHP's State Systems Grant: Eight Years (2011-2019) in Review

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is excited to announce the release of a new interactive resource called "Learn the Signs. Act Early. AMCHP's State Systems Grant: Eight Years in Review." This product presents a review of AMCHP's Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) state systems grants, which are a part of the larger CDC LTSAE initiative. 

Learn some of the key strategies used by states to increase developmental monitoring and screening and improve approaches to meeting the service and systems-level needs for children with ASD/DD and their families by downloading the PDF here
In addition to downloading the full PDF, you can access the webpage to navigate through the resource and interact with its many figures.AMCHP's State Systems Grant: Eight Years (2011-2019) in Review

​​​​​The Act Early Program

The Act Early Program is a collaborative initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to further advance the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program. Learn the Signs. Act Early. aims to improve the early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need. The project is funded by the CDC and HRSA with cooperative agreements for implementation by AMCHP and AUCD.

CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program is the foundation of the Act Early Network. For more information, please visit or contact

The Act Early State Systems Grant Projects

Act Early State Systems grants were awarded on a competitive basis to state teams formulated to strengthen their state and community systems for the early identification and improve coordination of early intervention services for children with signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD) from 2011-2019. The State Systems grants were designed to aid state teams in building upon state programming currently in place or as a complement other state/local activities, rather than implement a new program. 

Act Early teams are engaged in public awareness, education and training, collaboration, and advocacy at the state and local level. Suggested linkages include: Early Intervention/Part C, and Section 619/Part B, Dept. of Education, ECCS if available, Maternal and Child Health/Title V, Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Care Resource and Referral Program, Home Visitation Programs, UCEDD, WIC, state programs, health/medical care providers, parent organizations, advocacy organizations, families and foundations where appropriate. 

  • Click h​ere for resources developed through Act Early State Systems Grants.

Act Early State Teams:

There is a map of the 35 states and U.S. territories, showcasing the distribution of AMCHP’s state systems grant.

To learn more about the final cohort of grantees, click here.

For more information on Act Early State Systems Grants please contact:

Paige Bussanich, MS
Senior Program Manager, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
202-266-3042 |


The Act Early Network

The Act Early Network is a collaborative and responsive learning environment in which participants obtain technical assistance, participate in peer learning, resource development and systems related activities.  The Act Early Network aids participants so that they can implement national initiatives and connect to other states while working collaboratively to support and identify Act Early Initiatives and further link and connect state plans, local partners and stakeholders.  There are also opportunities for participants to obtain feedback and interact with program sponsors; CDC, AMCHP, MCHB, HRSA and AUCD. For more information on Act Early Network, click here.

The Act Early Forum

AUCD hosts forums for past "Act Early" Regional Summit participants, State Team members, and past Act Early Ambassadors to share information and disseminate resources. The Act Early Forum tools maintained by AUCD include a Resource Sharing Site for State Team sharing, Act Early Forum Quarterly Webinars, an online archive of Act Early State Team planning documents, and a national Act Early Forum listserv. The Act Early Forum acts to share resources among the community interested in early identification. For more information, visit

The Act Early AmbassadorsI know the signs of healthy child development.

Act Early Ambassadors are state and territory point of contacts which serve as liaisons to Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassadors support the work of Act Early Teams, work with the network of state leaders, promote the goals and objectives of the national Learn the Signs. Act Early, to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities and work to promote the “Autism Case Training (ACT) : A Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Curriculum.” Ambassadors work as community champions with programs that serve young children and their parents, such as Head Start and Early Head Start, WIC, home visiting, and others, and health care 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 identification. Read more about the Ambassadors at: