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Act Early ECHO

Purpose: Act Early ECHO provides information and resources about current and emerging knowledge and evidence-based promising practices about the four phases of early identification: family-engaged developmental monitoring, developmental screening, referrals for needed supports and services, and receipt of needed services.

The Act Early ECHO is targeted to reach early childhood professionals in Ohio, Wyoming, and Virginia to encourage cross-state collaborations and resource sharing.

This network is a collaboration between University of Wyoming Project ECHO, Wyoming Act Early, Massachusetts Act Early, Cincinnati Children's Hospital at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio Act EarlyVCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) School of Education Partnership for People with Disabilities, and Virginia Act Early.

Act Early ECHO Credit Information

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Sessions are on Fridays, bi-weekly,
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

Instructions for joining Zoom are available. Zoom also provides access for users with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of keyboard shortcuts.

Past Sessions:

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The spring 2022 ECHO series has concluded and sessions will resume again in the fall. Please check back for new session information or sign up for the ECHO newsletter to receive updates.

Spring 2022 Series: Cultural Considerations

Join the Spring 2022 Act Early ECHO series, focused on using the Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials to help families, professionals, and systems better support cultural considerations.

Session Dates: January 21, February 4, February 18, March 4

January 21: Health Disparities in Developmental Screening and Identification in Young Children

Participants will learn about disparities in developmental screening, autism identification, assessment, and treatment. Participants will also learn about universal screening as a standard of practice that can be used across setting to help reduce disparities in identifying developmental delay and autism.

Presenter: Sharnita Harris, PhD, Clincial Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Health

February 4: Culturally Responsive Self-Care Practices for Early Childhood Educators

This session recognizes self-care is not one size fits all. We discuss the importance of self-care to buffer stress, prevent burnout and increase feelings of joy and wellbeing in the workplace. Participants learn about a range of culturally responsive self-care strategies and begin to identify approaches to self-care that are meaningful and accessible to them.

Presenters: Julie Nicholson, PhD, Mary Anne Doan, and Valentina Torres

February 18: Racial Advocacy and Mentorship Program (RAMP) - Cultural Considerations for Transracial Foster/Adoptive Families

This session will provide an opportunity for participants to: 1) Understand the mental health and safety implications of youth adopted or in foster care by a parent of a different race; 2) Explore the RAMP model and how that is being used to improve family needs as it pertains to racial identity; 3) Offer a wider lens to the gaps currently in place and how we can offer strategies to facilitate family growth, education, and confidence.

Presenter: Bettina Stevens, DPT, Certified Adoption Competent Professional Trainer

March 4: Cultural Considerations in Early Social-Emotional and Behavioral Development

Participants will learn about current research, policy efforts, and responsive practices to promote healthy social-emotional development of Black children in the US.

Presenter: Meagan Scott, MEd, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) trainee and PhD student, University of Cincinnati.

Join the ECHO Community

» ECHO Participant Guide: Are you new to the ECHO community? Review the ECHO Participant guide to learn more about joining and participating in an ECHO session. Learn more about the ECHO model.

» Present a Challenge or Opportunity: Community presentations are a key component in the Project ECHO model and critically important for knowledge building and sharing. Submit your challenge or opportunity and brainstorm evidence-based solutions or share successes with colleagues and other professionals within the network. 

» Credit Information: Visit the Act Early ECHO credit information page to learn about earning: PTSB credit, STARS credit, UW graduate credit (Wyoming participants); Step Up to Quality credit, DODD credits and CEUs (Ohio participants); Certificates of attendance (all participants)

» Past Session Materials: Access past session materials and professional development recordings.

» ECHO Updates: Sign up for University of Wyoming weekly ECHO newsletter to receive upcoming session information and updates.

Learn the Signs. Act Early.

From birth to 5 years, children should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act and move. Track a child’s development and act early if you have a concern.

More information and resources related to developmental milestones are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For more information about Act Early ECHO please contact:

Wendy Warren, Program Manager - (307) 314-4464

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