Home Visitors and Learn the Signs/Act Early

Through a Research Topic of Interest (RTOI) under the cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association for University Centers on Disability (AUCD), CLD faculty and staff assessed the impact of the “Learn the Sign. Act Early.” awareness education. Families, whose incomes fell below the federal poverty level, received awareness education in different settings, including at the child care center, in the home during a one-session visit, or through the SafeCare home visiting program, which is an evidence-based parent education program that seeks to directly reduce family risk factors associated with maltreatment. Outcomes measured included parent knowledge of child development, rates of identification of potential developmental delays, and rates of follow-up of the potential delays. These outcomes were compared across settings. Data collection is still in progress.