Help Me Grow – Long Island Rises to COVID Challenge: Doubles Number of At-risk Infants, Toddlers, Families Aided in 2020
2nd annual report highlights expansion to new communities, successful connection to services for vulnerable families during COVID, and distribution of 300,000 diapers while emphasizing developmental promotion.
By: Docs for Tots
The new report provides a snapshot into challenges families faced in providing for and supporting their young children prenatal to age 5 in the past year and proposes recommendations to the Long Island community for moving forward together.
Families contacted Help Me Grow – Long Island for several major reasons:
"Every time I followed [HMG Specialist's]
-HMG-LI Grandparent Caregiver
"During a time of uncertainty, Help Me Grow – Long Island continually supported our referred families needing access to resources for basic needs. We are deeply grateful for their coordinated efforts, especially throughout the pandemic."
-Amparo Abel-Bey, Northwell Health Solutions
"Help Me Grow – Long Island has played such an important role during COVID – helping ensure that basic needs were met for struggling young families when many in-person support systems were shut down. I'm so excited to see this captured in the annual report and am eager to see what comes next as HMG-LI continues to spread its roots in our community."
-Dr. Victoria Chen, Cohen Children's Medical Center
"Our partnership with Help Me Grow- Long Island has empowered childcare providers to successfully complete developmental screenings and also engage parents in promoting their children's growth and development."
-Karin Sperb, QUALITYstarsNY
Find the HMG-LI 2nd Annual Report here.
About Help Me Grow – Long Island: HMG-LI is a FREE resource connecting families and providers to community resources and child development information in Nassau and Suffolk counties, to promote optimal development of Long Island's young children. HMG-LI provides free, virtual, ongoing support to families, and trains providers to use developmental screens.
About Docs for Tots: HMG-LI is overseen by Docs for Tots, a non-profit led by pediatricians to promote practices, policies, and investments that enable young children to thrive. Our focus is on the youngest children and their families, from prenatal to age five.