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CDC Learn the Signs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Learn the Signs. Act Early. program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need.


The program is made up of three components:

  • Health education campaign
  • Act Early Initiative
  • Research and evaluation

From birth to 5 years, a child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Download a free app to help monitor progress at

For more information and additional resources

For Tennessee Act Early information, please contact Toni Whitaker, MD ( or Alex Vohs, PsyD (

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Support for Early Childhood State Systems Through the Act Early Network to Support Recovery and Strengthen Resilience Skills, Behaviors, and Resources of Children, Families, and Communities

Through a cooperative agreement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) provide support to early childhood state/territorial programs and systems through the Act Early Network to support COVID-19 recovery and strengthen resilience skills, behaviors, and resources for children, families, and communities. 

May 26, 2022