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Minnesota Act Early is a statewide outreach campaign that reaches out to families, communities, and organizations to promote early screening and early identification of potential developmental delays. The Minnesota Act Early team educates about healthy development, early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental delays, the importance of regular developmental screening, and early intervention when there is a concern.

Whether you are a parent or a professional who works with young children and their families, our hope is that you will find helpful information at the MN Act Early website to promote healthy development in all children.

Visit the CDC's Milestone Tracker page for more info about their app.

Learn the Signs

Learn the Signs — Developmental milestones are skills your child learns such as taking their first step, smiling, waving, and pointing. As children grow older, they reach milestones in how they interact with others, play, learn, speak and behave. While each child is different and develops at their own pace, there are ages in which a child typically acquires a new skill. Some of these skills can be subtle while others are more obvious. Each stage of your child’s development is a new journey in how they interact with others and their environment. Learn about developmental milestones and celebrate your child’s individual development!

You should also become aware if your child is not reaching some of those important milestones or loses previously developed skills. By having the skills and knowledge to keep track of your child’s development, you can notice earlier on if your child is having trouble in one area and seek help.

Free Milestone Checklists

Act Early

Act Early — Regular screening allows both professionals and families to celebrate progress and identifies useful supports for children who have a developmental delay. Developmental screenings are recommended and useful for all children because early treatment and intervention will help children reach their potential. Screenings are short tests that assess a child’s development and help identify delays. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening for children at 9 months, 18 months and 24 or 30 months. Usually, children can be diagnosed with autism at 24 months.

Keep track of your child’s screening record, history and results! You can use the developmental screening passport PDF from “Birth to Five, Watch me Thrive” sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and The U.S. Department of Education.

Content adapted from “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

AMCHP State Public Health Autism Research Center 

MN Act Early and FAP Professional Development Series

Autism and Developmental Delays

Video from the Web version of this publication:

MN Act Early and FAP Professional Development Series: Autism and Developmental Delays: https://www.youtube.com/embed/1i08FBZ3BDc

March 2024 Webinar Resource List

Early Identification

Video from the Web version of this publication:

MN Act Early and FAP Professional Development Series: Early Identification: https://www.youtube.com/embed/7CIxHwZlJH8

April 2024 Webinar Resource List

April 2024 Tips and Techniques to Overcome Barriers

Early Intervention

Video from the Web version of this publication:

MN Act Early and FAP Professional Development Series: Early Intervention: https://www.youtube.com/embed/gaA3DQYDAj8

May 2024 Webinar Resource List

Mental Health

Video from the Web version of this publication:

6-3-24 LTSAE FAP Developmental Series Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/embed/0hOPV7e-tZs

June 2024 Webinar Resource List

List of Clinics from Webinar Attendees

LTSAE Podcast Series

Episode #10

Community Voices, Community Perspectives: Building Resiliency in the Somali Community with Deqa Farrah

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Episode #9

Community Voices, Community Perspectives: Building Resiliency in the Native American Community with Karla Sorby Decker

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Episode #8

Community Voices, Community Perspectives: Building Resiliency in the African American Community with Andre Dukes and Sierra Leone Williams

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Episode #7

Community Voices, Community Perspectives: Building Resiliency in the Hmong Community with Julie Li Yang and Bao Vang

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Episode #6

Community Voices, Community Perspectives: Building Resiliency in the Latino Community with Andrea Castillo

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Episode #5

Filling the Resiliency Well: Childcare providers Caring for Children, Families and Themselves with Priscilla Weigel and Palm Walz

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Episode #4

Learn the Signs, Act Early and Help Me Grow: Joined Links in the Resiliency Chain with Jennifer Hall-Lande, PhD and Anna Paulson

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Episode #3

Resiliency and Early Childhood Development with Alyssa Meuwissen, PhD

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Episode #2

What Contributes to Building Resiliency in Early Childhood? with Anne Gearity, PhD

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Episode #1

Welcome to the podcast! with Jennifer Hall-Lande, PhD and Deb Ottman

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