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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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Long Island ACEs Screening Learning Collaborative – 2018 Highlights

This year Docs for Tots, in partnership with the Center for Youth Wellness, was able to bring together four pediatric practices across Long Island into a learning collaborative aiming to implement ACEs screening into practice. We are excited to present …
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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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Maternal Depression Screenings – 2018 Highlights

Docs for Tot’s Well Moms, Well Tots: Maternal Depression Education, Screening, and Referral project has been addressing a critical issue in the developmental well-being of young children: the missed opportunities to identify and treat maternal depression in the first year …
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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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Help Me Grow – Long Island Breakfast Briefing a Success Despite Impending Snow

Docs for Tots co-hosted the first ever Breakfast Briefing for Help Me Grow – Long Island on Thursday, November 15th. The goal of the briefing was to introduce Help Me Grow – Long Island to community partners and hear from …
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Champion Spotlight: Denise Henderson

by Maggie Wayne, Docs for Tots Health Liaison Our practice champions are the key to making sure screening initiatives are both successful and sustainable. This week, we are highlighting one of our champions, Denise Henderson. Denise works is an RN …
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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