Help Me Grow – Long Island


Multi-generational Households, Alternative Caregivers, Childcare, and the 2020 Census.

by Rose Marie Paul, HMG-LI Family Resource Specialist Over the years, the number of multi-generational households has increased. In 2016, a record 64 million people, or 20% of the U.S. population, lived with multiple generations under one roof. – The …
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2019 Help Me Grow – Long Island Highlights

Help Me Grow – Long Island expanded and improved how it served families in 2019. Here are some brief highlights on how we did: 394 unique children served between 1/1/19-11/18/19 via the Help Me Grow – Long Island Centralized Access …
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The Value of Community Partnerships

by Fabella Decema, Docs for Tots HMG-LI Family Resource Specialist Partnerships are an important component of community advocacy efforts. There are so many reasons why community partnerships are effective. I would like to start with an African proverb: “If you …
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Does Speaking Multiple Languages in the Home Affect a Child’s Language/Speech Development?

by Rose Marie Paul, Help Me Grow — Long Island Bilingual Family Resource Specialist Have you found yourself wondering if you are doing a disservice to your child because multiple languages are being spoken in the home? Feel guilty? Anxious? …
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The Housing Drought Impacts Child Development

by Fabella Decema, Docs for Tots HMG-LI Family Resource Specialist Homes are where people expect to be safe, comfortable and healthy. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for many children and families across Long Island dealing with housing instability, low housing …
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Introducing… our newest team member Rose Marie Paul, HMG-LI Bilingual Family Resource Specialist

Rose Marie Paul joins Docs for Tots as a Bilingual Family Resource Specialist for Help Me Grow — Long Island. She received her Bachelor of Science from Queens College in 2017, where she studied Psychology. In her previous position, Rose …
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The Allied Foundation’s Long Island Diaper Bank – A Community Partner Meeting a Crucial Need

by Melissa Passarelli, Docs for Tots Director of Programs When Docs for Tots launched Help Me Grow – Long Island (HMG-LI) in 2018, we were trying to meet an identified need: families need help in supporting their child’s development. We …
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Parents Face Barriers Connecting to Community Resources

by Fabella Decema, Docs for Tots HMG-LI Family Resource Specialist There are many barriers that exist that hinder the ability of parents and caregivers to offer adequate support to their children. From access to services, to lack of helpful information …
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Help Me Grow – Long Island — 2018 Highlights

Thanks to your support last year, Docs for Tots was able to bring together early childhood professionals from across Long Island to form Help Me Grow-Long Island (HMG-LI). HMG-LI helps families with young children achieve optimal growth in all domains …
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First Time Mom Turns to Help Me Grow – Long Island for Help During Pregnancy

by Blanca Franco, Docs for Tots HMG-LI Family Resource Specialist I want to give big thanks to Help Me Grow – Long Island. They were a big part of my journey during my pregnancy. I was scared, nervous, to be …
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Multi-generational Households, Alternative Caregivers, Childcare, and the 2020 Census.

by Rose Marie Paul, HMG-LI Family Resource Specialist Over the years, the number of multi-generational households has increased. In 2016, a record 64 million . . .
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2019 ACEs Learning Collaborative Program Highlights

2019 ACEs Highlights Over the course of the ACEs Screening Learning Collaborative, Docs for Tots implemented universal ACEs screening in three sites in partnership . . .
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2019 State Level Activities

Highlights of Statewide Advocacy Efforts by Docs for Tots Critical decisions and allocations are made in Albany that affect our ability to change systems . . .
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Investing in quality early learning programs is the most efficient way to affect school and life success and to reduce social expenditures later.

James Heckman, economist, Nobel laureate