Who We Are

About Docs for Tots

Docs for Tots is a non-profit, non-partisan organization led by pediatricians to promote practices, policies, and investments that will enable young children to thrive. Docs for Tots creates linkages between doctors, policymakers, early childhood practitioners, and other stakeholders to ensure that children grow up healthy. Our focus is on the youngest children and their families, from prenatal to children age five.

Vision

As doctors, we are action-oriented and deeply committed to promoting the Docs for Tots vision: All families are able to fully support the healthy development of their children during early childhood. Supporting children’s development is the foundation for a healthy and successful society.

Priority Issues

Docs for Tots provides doctors and other stakeholders tools to transform practice and improve public policy with a focus on five priority issues:

  1. Promoting the Early Childhood Medical Home
  2. Increasing Developmental Screening
  3. Promoting High Quality Early Care and Education
  4. Improving Social-Emotional Health
  5. Addressing the Impacts of Poverty
History

Docs for Tots builds on a decade of experience to bridge children’s doctors with opportunities to promote lifelong health in clinical practice, the community and through advocacy. Docs for Tots was founded in 2003 by pediatrician Dr. George Askew. In 2012, Docs for Tots assumed the leadership of Co-Directors Dr. Dina Lieser and Dr. Liz Isakson who are long-time colleagues in advocating for the youngest children. They are pediatricians with a track record of building relationships across the many professional service systems that reach young children and their families. In 2017, Dr. Isakson assumed the role of sole Executive Director.

Mission

Docs for Tots brings together children’s doctors and communities to promote practices, policies and investments in children from prenatal to age five that foster children’s healthy development and future success.

Latest News

Learning Collaboratives Prepare Child Care Providers to Offer Developmental and Social Emotional Screens to Children in Their Care

2020 Highlights For the families that use them, child care providers play a major role in children’s lives. A child who attends child care . . .
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Help Me Grow – Long Island 2020 Highlights

2020 in Numbers Expanded Partnerships in 2020 With support from Help Me Grow National, we strengthened our relationship with the Stony Brook Hospital Women, . . .
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Addressing Basic Needs and COVID Challenges

2020 Highlights 2020 has presented challenges for many families with young children worldwide. Docs for Tots has been fortunate to be able to continue . . .
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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