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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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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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Docs for Tots Becomes a Think Babies National Campaign Partner

ZERO TO THREE’s Think Babies campaign is designed to bring national attention to what babies and families need to thrive, including quality, affordable child care; time for parents to bond with their babies; healthy emotional development; and strong physical health …
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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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The NonProfit Voice! A radio interview with Liz and Melissa

Docs for Tots’ Director of Programs, Melissa Passarelli, and Executive Director, Liz Isakson, spoke to Allison Brecher of The Nonprofit Voice!   Listen to their interview about how Docs for Tots supports screening in pediatric practices, and connects families to resources on …
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Pioneers in Maternal Depression Screening in Pediatric Practices

by Maggie Wayne, Docs for Tots Health Liaison Maternal depression has become an issue of growing importance and awareness. Two national organizations recently released guidelines that address the same key point: maternal depression has a huge impact on the health …
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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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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