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Delaware Center Works Closely With Partners To Promote “Learn the Signs. Act Early.”

University of DelawareIn 2010, the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) began efforts to promote the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign with support from a grant provided by the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council. Through this grant, CDS hired a part-time campaign manager to carry out a statewide public awareness campaign about the benefits of developmental screening, with a focus on underserved families. Additional funding from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs also supports this statewide initiative.

The CDS Campaign Manager, Ms. Karen Zalewski, has been busy disseminating materials and planning programs with partners.

  • CDS is printing 13,000 copies of the new “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” milestones brochure in both English and Spanish. These brochures will be distributed primarily to parents through federally qualified health centers; Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offices; and physician offices. CDS personnel have already met with several primary care offices across Delaware to deliver the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” messages and materials.
  • During the Week of the Young Child (April 10–16), CDS and the Family to Family Health Information Center hosted three free developmental screening events, called Delaware Screens for Success. The governor signed a proclamation for Early Developmental Screening Day on April 12, 2011.
  • CDS has created a display featuring “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” for use at conferences and fairs.
  • Working with home visitors, “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” materials will be added to the information packets that home visitors distribute to 9,000 pregnant women each year. CDS has trained parent educators on how to use the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” materials in their work. Through this collaboration, “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” materials also will be used by parent educators to discuss development with mothers in their classes.

Members of the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” team extend their thanks to all those who are working to help families and professionals across the state of Delaware to “learn the signs” and “act early”.

For more information on how you can reach out to health professionals in your area, visit the How to Get Involved page of the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” website.

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