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PR Intern Ashley Farrell on Well Moms, Well Tots: Maternal Depression

In almost every health-related course I have took in school, the curriculum covers the same information: drugs and alcohol, mental health, chronic and communicable diseases, and the health care system. I soon realized that from middle school when I learned …
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Meet The Staff!

Ashley Farrell, PR Intern Ashley Farrell has been a PR Intern for Docs for Tots since November 2016. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health from Hofstra University in May 2017, and holds a passion for working among …
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Melissa Passarelli & Laraib Humayun Presents: Well Moms, Well Tots: Maternal Depression and Mother Child-Well Being

Docs for Tots’ Director of Programs Melissa Passarelli and Health Liaison Laraib Humayun recently presented Well Moms, Well Tots: Maternal Depression and Mother Child-Well Being, at the Annual Conference for Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) on May 8th. Melissa and Laraib discussed the importance …
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Docs For Tots’ New Location

We would like to thank the Hagedorn Foundation for helping us find a new place to work on Long Island at the Elias Hicks House in Jericho! We’re happy to work next to Every Child Matters and the Jewish Community …
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Changes to Our Team!

It is with a great sense of pride, excitement, and humility that we share with you the news that our Co-Director, Dr. Dina Lieser, has parted with Docs for Tots. Dr. Lieser has joined the Maternal Child Health Bureau’s Division of Home Visiting …
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Dr. Isakson Presents: Building Bridges for Early Childhood Success

Dr. Isakson presented “Building Bridges for Early Childhood Success” at Winthrop Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds on March 7th. Dr. Isakson discussed how our contribution to developmental screening works and how doctors can connect to resources in the community. Nationally, only 30% …
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Are We, as Early Childhood Professionals, Asking the Right Questions?

The other day I was asked by a 4-year-old boy: “Have you ever been to prison? My daddy’s been to prison.” Jay and his family live in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. Around the time Jay’s 2-year-old brother was born, his …
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2015: A Year of Building Better Systems for Young Children in New York

Docs for Tots is proud of the work accomplished in 2015 towards our mission of creating connections between young children’s doctors, policymakers, early childhood practitioners, and other stakeholders to improve children’s lifelong health and success. In 2015 Docs for Tots: Worked with clinics in Nassau …
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A-Waiting Opportunity

Dr. Dina Lieser is Co-Director of Docs for Tots and Director of Community Pediatrics and Ambulatory Pediatrics at Nassau University Medical Center.     As a pediatrician at a safety-net hospital serving some of Nassau County’s most vulnerable families, some …
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Making the Grade: Why You Need to Demand Developmental Screening

Melissa Passarelli has been associated with Docs for Tots since 2011 and has been Project Director of Developmental Screening since June 2014. Melissa has her M.A. in International Disaster Psychology and B.A. in Public Policy and Psychology, and has experience …
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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