The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the Act Early Response to COVID-19 state grants in late 2020 to help children, families, and communities adapt to the pandemic and other traumas. Specifically, the grants were designed to improve the early identification of young children with developmental delays or disabilities by integrating the Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) program into early childhood systems. LTSAE encourages parents of young children to track their child’s developmental milestones and act early if they have concerns about their child’s development. 

New York used the grant to create a collaborative project composed of state and local agencies and programs representing child care, child welfare, home visiting, early intervention, and pediatric health care. Docs for Tots and NYU Langone Hospital – Long Island serve as Act Early Ambassadors in New York and co-led the project in the state, with Docs for Tots acting as the organizational lead. The Schuyler Center provided evaluation support for the project.

This successful project provides a roadmap for promoting LTSAE as a vehicle for promoting early childhood developmental identification and screening.

Expanding the Use of Learn the Signs. Act Early. in New York’s Early Childhood System During the Pandemic: The NY Acts Project, September 2021


A quarter of a million babies are born in New York each year. Nearly half are born to low-income families and over 100,000 are born to first-time mothers. The Schuyler Center places a priority on ensuring a strong start for all children and families. This includes efforts to improve child and family outcomes through prenatal and postpartum supports and services for families with young children, including maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting. New York will benefit from investments to help all children thrive and be socially, physically, and emotionally ready for school and life.

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Data Snapshots, by County and Region, July 2020 
The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy collaborated with the NYS Council on Children and Families and Raising New York to create maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting data snapshots that are now available for every county in New York State and each of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) regions!  View the data snaphots.

We also have an Overview of Select Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Home Visiting Programs, which provides side-by-side overview of evidence-based and evidence-informed home visiting programs that operate in New York State, June 2020


An easy way to see research-based home visiting capacity in six NY regions is through this map.  The regional snapshots include child poverty rates as one indicator of the need for these critical services within communities.

Thank you to the Council on Children and Families for its help in this important home visiting work.


Needed Now More Than Ever, A Coordinated System of Home Visitation in the Era of COVID-19, Raising New York policy brief, September 2020

Overview of Select Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Home Visiting Programs, provides side-by-side comparison of six major home visiting programs in NYS, June 2020

Home is Where the Start Is: Expanding Home Visiting to Strengthen All of New York’s Families, June 2016

Testimony submitted to the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2016-17 Executive Budget Human Services Budget Hearing, submitted by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, February 9, 2016

Maternal and Child Well-Being: Invest in Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting, February 2016

 Other Helpful Resources:

Moving Toward a Statewide Home Visiting System elements chart from the Statewide Home Visiting Workgroup, September 2014

A webinar on Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaboratives (MICHC), presented by the Schuyler Center with representatives from the New York State Department of Health to explain the MICHC program. For additional information, also see the MICHC PowerPoint Presentation from the webinar and a list of MICHC programs by county. August 19, 2014

Blending & Braiding to Support Early Childhood Home Visiting in New York, January 2014

Early Childhood Guide to Blending & Braiding in New York, October 2013

Solving Social Ills Through Early Childhood Home Visiting a report from the PEW Home Visiting Campaign, January 2013

Medicaid Financing of Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs: Options, Opportunities, and Challenges, a National Academy for State Health Policy report, June 2012