State Systems Grant: Minnesota Act Early

Promotes early screening and identification of neurodevelopmental disabilities in culturally and linguistically diverse communities through focused outreach of the Learn the Signs, Act Early (LTSAE) campaign message.

The project, which is funded by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), presents the opportunity for significant and sustained impact within culturally diverse communities and local community organizations to promote LTSAE materials, parent-led developmental monitoring, and increase early screening of neurodevelopmental disabilities. While this project will provide the initial training and materials, the Act Early delegates within the community organizations will gain the skills to carry the message and outreach forward beyond the funding cycle of this grant. Further, the expanded Act Early Delegate network will be a framework for both efficient and broader dissemination of Act Early information and coordinated screening efforts. It is expected that Act Early Delegates will integrate Act Early messaging into their practices and identify how their unique set of resources can be brought to early screening, identification, intervention, and policies to support sustainability of effective, integrated practices and processes. Further, the materials developed will be available for ongoing use (PSAs, translated materials, etc.) across Minnesota and within the targeted communities. Training materials such as webinars will be archived and accessible on the MN LEND website for future use. The partnerships that will be developed with culturally diverse community groups will facilitate ongoing professional collaboration and future opportunities for outreach.