Mr. Marshall’s Block Party

The annual block party in Mr. Marshall's Neighborhood is underway! Everyone in the neighborhood is pitching in, even the children Mr. Marshall has watched grow over the years. Follow Mr. Marshall and his community as they prepare for the biggest celebration of the year!
“Mr. Marshall's Block Party” was written by the CDC’s Act Early Ambassador to DC, Yetta Myrick with Morgan Cruise and illustrated by Jennifer Price Davis to support Black and African American families in monitoring their child's development.
Watch the authors' interview to learn about how and why this children's book was created!
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Act Early DC Newsletter

The Act Early DC Newsletter, our electronic newsletter, offer topics of interest for families/caregiver of children ages birth-5 years to support them in navigating the four steps of early identification: 1) parent-engaged developmental monitoring, 2) developmental and autism screening, 3) referral and 4) receipt of early intervention services. The newsletter provides tips that might be helpful in day-to-day life, and announcement of events and opportunities through the Act Early DC Program and local community.
Below please find our most recent newsletter:

Tips to Help Parents Keep Calm Every Day Toolkit

This toolkit was developed to support families during the COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond. This toolkit includes not only tips for parents, but a variety of resources including a series of videos curated and led by Adriana Adelé, a registered yoga teacher, to help support you through movement, breath, and/or mindful awareness; and a group coaching session led by Master Certified Life Coach, Natalie Miller, who provides tools for parents to support themselves as they support their children.
Download the toolkit here.
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Tips to Help Parents Keep Calm During the Holidays

This toolkit was developed to support families during the holiday season and beyond. It includes tips and resources to help families keep calm and take care of themselves during the holidays, especially when this time of year is often focused on their children.
Download the toolkit here
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Act Early DC Toolkit

The Act Early DC Parent Toolkit was designed to introduce families/caregivers to the five Strengthening Families Protective Factors and to provide tips on how families can support their young children during the COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond.
Below please find the plain language and detailed toolkits.

Links to Helpful Websites for Parents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Infant and Toddler Nutrition website brings together existing information and practical strategies on feeding healthy foods and drinks to infants and toddlers, from birth to 24 months of age. Parents and caregivers can explore these pages to find nutrition information to help give their children a healthy start in life. is a pediatrician backed parenting website that provides information and recommendations related to child health, guidance on parenting issues, and more from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
JITP features many resources that provide parents with the information they need to support and guide the growth of their child.
As your child grows and develops, there are many things you can do to help your child. These links will help you learn more about positive parenting, safety, and health at each stage of your child’s life. Find tips for positive parenting and child safety according to the age groups below.
Physical Developmental Delays is a tool for parents concerned about the physical development of their child. The tool reinforces that parents know their child best and should trust their instincts.

Resources to Help Promote Your Child’s Development

“Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” is a public awareness and action campaign that helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions.
Vroom has brain-building tips to support your child’s development. Use these tips with your child during their first 5 years to help give them a strong base for lifelong learning.
Zero to Three has science-based information and tools designed to help parents and caregivers nurture their young children’s development.