The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program plays an important role in educating parents, healthcare professionals, and early educators on developmental milestones, warning signs of developmental delays such as autism, and what to do if there are concerns about a child’s development. “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” is a collaborative effort on behalf of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).

Building on this initiative, the CDC and its collaborative partners are pleased to introduce the ACT Early Ambassador Project. Eleven child development and early intervention leaders from across the nation were selected to serve as Act Early Ambassadors. Ambassadors will promote “Learn the Signs. Act Early.“ and help develop a network of state-level experts to improve early identification practices. CDS is home to Hawaii’s 2011 Ambassador, Dr. JoAnn Yuen.

Take the Hawai‘i ACT Early challenge—A fun way for parents and care givers to learn about developmental milestones