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Docs for Tots State Level Activities

2019 Highlights Critical decisions and allocations are made in Albany that affect our ability to change systems that benefit children on Long Island, and across communities in New York. In 2019 we participated in activities at the state level to …
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Learn The Signs, Act Early Program Ambassador

2019 Highlights Docs for Tots’ Director of Programs, Melissa Passarelli, was named 2019 CDC Act Early Ambassador for New York State. Learn the Signs, Act Early (LTSAE) is a research-based early childhood public health campaign from the Centers for Disease …
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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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ACEs Community Spotlight Series: Dr. Richard Honigman, Central Nassau Pediatrics

By Maggie Wayne, Health Liaison For our second community spotlight interview, I spoke with Dr. Richard Honigman, a pediatrician at Central Nassau Pediatrics in Levittown and infant mental health advocate. We discussed the importance of addressing childhood adversity and the …
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ACEs Community Spotlight Series: Feride Castillo, Empowerment Collaborative of Long Island

by Maggie Wayne, Docs for Tots Health Liaison For our first Community Spotlight, I interviewed Feride Castillo, Director of Advocacy and co-founder of Empower LI to discuss the incredible work she is doing with trauma-informed care within the criminal justice …
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Summertime Concerns of Pediatricians

by Maggie Wayne, Docs for Tots Health Liaison Since 2018, Docs for Tots has been facilitating an ACEs learning collaborative with diverse medical practices across Long Island. We make sure the providers we work with have referral options for resources …
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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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So You’ve Screened for ACEs… Now What?

by Maggie Wayne, Docs for Tots Health Liaison Docs for Tots has partnered with the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) to bring together diverse pediatric offices across Long Island and assist them in implementing universal ACEs screening. CYW, national experts on ACEs, …
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Well Moms, Well Tots Webinar

Check out the webinar featuring Melissa Passarelli, our Director of Programs to learn about our maternal depression screening project. This webinar part of the follow-up after Docs for Tots’ Well Moms, Well Tots Maternal Depression Program was selected for an Innovative Community Solutions Honorable Mention, presented …
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Join our online ACEs Connection Community today!

What is ACEs Connection? ACEs Connection is a nation-wide online community that brings together professionals, communities, and systems that are all working within the ACEs movement. It is a platform to share information and resources. Docs for Tots is sponsoring …
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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