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NJ’s Early Childhood Initiatives


Working to get children and families the services and support they need by addressing the needs of parents, parents-to-be, infants, and young children; and focusing on parent leadership development

What are the NJ Early Childhood Initiatives?

CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) Ambassador

LTSAE improves early identification of children with developmental delays and disabilities by promoting parent-engaged developmental monitoring and facilitating early action on concerns, so children and families can get the services and support they need.

State Parent Lead for Help Me Grow (HMG)/Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) CoIIN

HMG/ECCS is an early childhood systems integration initiative, working closely with state and local early childhood stakeholders ensuring a unified and coordinated approach to addressing the needs of pregnant women, infants and young children and their families. State Parent Lead provides support for parent leadership development.

Home Visiting (HV) CoIIN 2.0

HV CoIIN 2.0 aims to increase family access to Developmental Promotion, Early Detection and Linkage to Services along with a focus on developing parent leadership in Continuous Quality Improvement. State Parent Lead provides support for parent leadership development.

What is LTSAE?

LTSAE is a health education campaign that promotes:

  • Awareness of developmental milestones;
  • The importance of tracking milestones and acting early on concerns; and
  • The availability of free checklists, children’s books, a mobile app, and other resources.

LTSAE Ambassador collaborates with early childhood programs in the state to advance developmental monitoring and early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, so young children and families can get the services and support they need as early as possible. LTSAE Ambassador’s developmental health promotion activities are aligned with HMG/ECCS CoIIN and HV CoIIN 2.0 initiatives. Parent Leadership development is a focus across all the Early Childhood Initiatives – parent leaders are being and supported to participate and lead on all levels and to serve as Developmental Health Promotion Champions in their communities.


Resources & Materials

“Learn the Signs. Act Early.”  |  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” website

“Early Identification of Developmental Concerns in Young Children”  |  March 2019 Exceptional Parents magazine article discusses developmental health promotion, and developmental monitoring and screening

The Next Steps When Developmental Concerns are Identified  |  County-specific and Statewide Flowcharts

Child Developmental Passport: English / Spanish  |  A tool that parents can use along with the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) Milestones Moments booklet to track their child’s health, wellness, and development

“Concerned About Your Child’s Development?” in ASL | The CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program has released a new video resource in American Sign Language (ASL) to help increase the accessibility of messaging for ASL communities and families.

Contact Us


Deepa Srinivasavaradan

CDC’s LTSAE Ambassador to NJ
State Parent Lead – NJ HMG/ECCS CoIIN/HV CoIIN 2.0
(609) 665-2696

LTSAE Ambassador program is a collaboration of the Centers for Disease Control & prevention (CDC), Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP).

State Parent Lead for NJ HMG/ECCS CoIIN/HV CoIIN 2.0 is funded by the Office of Early Childhood Services, NJ Department of Children & Families to support Parent Leadership development across the initiatives.