Help Me Grow – Long Island 2020 Highlights

2020 in Numbers

2,200 developmental and social emotional screens completed as part of Help Me Grow – Long Island, via our Centralized Access Point and our screening partners

170,000 diapers distributed (and counting!) with HMG-LI bags and materials, plus census reminders, in conjunction with the Allied Foundation.

1,000 children from 800 families served in 2020 through the Help Me Grow – Long Island Centralized Access Point 

Expanded Partnerships in 2020

With support from Help Me Grow National, we strengthened our relationship with the Stony Brook Hospital Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) sites, resulting in a 400% increase in referrals for mothers with young children.

We worked with Bethany House, a shelter for women and children, to train their staff to support child development and provide developmental screening to the children they serve.

Developmental and Social Emotional Screening in Child Care

Docs for Tots led several cohorts of child care providers in an ongoing Long Island Learning Collaborative in conjunction with the Child Care Councils of Nassau and Suffolk. Read here about the past trainings, and how to sign up for a free future training.

This training was exceptional! I learned so much from the “leaders” of this cohort… I have done developmental checklists in my child care center before but the ASQ3 and ASQSE bring it to the next level and include the parents… I am so excited to bring this to my center in the New Year!

Child care provider in a recent training session

We published our first HMG-LI Annual Report summarizing the data collected over a year.

Docs for Tots became a national partner of Bright by Text.

Read more about this year’s work:

* Learning Collaborative Expansion: Developmental and Social Emotional Screening in Child Care 

* Blog post: Some Districts Introduce Online Registration Amidst the Pandemic

* Blog post: Multi-generational Households, Alternative Caregivers, Childcare, and the 2020 Census

* Blog post: Help Me Grow – Long Island and the Allied Foundation to distribute 100,000+ diapers to Long Island Families

* Blog post: HMG-LI offers assistance to families completing census forms

* Blog post: Docs for Tots/Help Me Grow – Long Island Becomes a National Partner of Bright By Text

“Thank you so much, you’ve been such a great help, and I’m definitely going to refer other families to you!”

– Parent assisted by Help Me Grow – Long Island
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