Docs for Tots in 2021

Making Best Practice Everyday Practice in Support of Young Kids

Help Me Grow – Long Island, a regional partnership promoting early childhood development, rose to the unprecedented challenges of COVID in 2020, doubling the number of vulnerable families aided and expanding services to 36 new communities across the island. Our annual report provides a snapshot into the challenges and opportunities families faced in providing for and supporting their young children prenatal to age 5 during a period in which the lives and livelihoods of many were impacted by COVID-19.

Centering the Family Experience: Implications for Long Island Early Childhood System identified inequitable access to early childhood services for children with suspected disabilities on Long Island. Legislators and statewide advocates are joining together to discuss solutions  because of the grassroots issues identified.


We renewed our partnership with Bright By Text, a texting service that provides free tips, information, and resources to help all parents and caregivers give every child a bright beginning, and local resources and opportunities from Help Me Grow – Long Island. 

Docs for Tots’ projects help kids 0 to 5 thrive with the generous support of individual donors and funders.
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BRITE: Building Relationships in Infant & Toddler Early Education, our new Robin Hood Foundation funded initiative, is examining the cutting-edge practice of infant and toddler mental health consultation for some of our most vulnerable children cared for in family and group family childcare settings. This work will inform national practices as we partner with the Zigler Center at Yale to validate a tool for measuring social emotional environment in child care.


Child Care Developmental screening training collaboratives continued in partnership with the Child Care Councils of Nassau and Suffolk, and we began replication the work in Onondaga County, NY. Find details here about 2022 screening training collaboratives.

NY Acts, a statewide project based on the CDC’s Learn the Signs, Act Early efforts garnered national attention for our innovative approach bringing NYS departments together to promote child development in a seamless manner so that parents receive consistent messages no matter what department they may be interacting with.


Doctors and their offices continue to seek us out to improve their early childhood practices and procedures through our early childhood screening technical assistance and Maintenance of Certification (physician Board continuing education) offerings via our online module.


HRSA’s Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant, the NYS Council on Children and Families chose Docs for Tots to help expand HMG across NY, work with medical networks to transform pediatric practice, and expand our Learn the Signs, Act Early work. 


Check out early childhood resources on the Docs for Tots website for doctors, families, child care providers, and advocates.

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