NYS CCHC Resources Website


Nyscchcresources.org is a project supported by the 2013-2016 Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Project grant of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In 2013, the NYS Council on Children and Families was awarded this three-year grant and developed targeted strategies to increase health policies and practices in early childhood education programs that serve infants and toddlers. The work under this grant aligns closely with the strategic plan of the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC). The ECAC was formed in 2009 to provide counsel to the governor on issues related to young children and their families. The ECAC is comprised of experts in education, health care, child welfare and mental health. To learn more about the ECAC visit their website at http://www.nysecac.org/

With support from the NYS Council on Children and Families and the ECAC, Docs for Tots spearheaded the development and implementation of Nyscchcresources.org. 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. To learn more visit their website at http://www.docsfortots.org

Disclaimer: Nyscchcresources.org was supported by funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant #H25MC12970 Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grant. The awarded grant was $140,000/year for three years. This information is that of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Our Presenters:

 Emily Leone RN, C-PNP

Emily Leone RN, C-PNP

Emily Leone is a registered nurse and a certified pediatric nurse practitioner who has been working in the field of child care health consultation for 12 years. For 10 years Emily chaired a group of child care health consultants who work for Child Care Resource and Referral agencies across New York State. She is a Child Care Health Consultant Trainer in the NTI CCHC Model.

Emily employs an empowerment model in her practice as a nurse. This model relies on the tenets of education, including awareness of rationale, and reduction of barriers that enable caregivers to promote all aspects of health in young children that will enable the children to achieve their fullest potential.


Elizabeth A. Isakson, MD, FAAP

Dr IsaksonDr. Isakson is Co-Director of Docs for Tots. She is a pediatrician and public health practitioner with 15 years of experience with Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) and the New York Zero-to-Three Network (NYZTT). Her passion and support for early childhood systems integration (health, education, family) stems from her exposure to the short- and long-term human outcomes of an under-funded and misaligned system for families with young children.Dr. Isakson has published multiple publications with the National Center for Children and Poverty (NCCP) across the systems of early care and education, health and family economic security. With NCCP and Susan Ochshorn of ECE PolicyWorks, she envisioned and executed the policy forum: Paid Family Leave: Getting it Right from the Start. Dr. Isakson sat on the executive committee of the board for the New York Zero-to-Three Network from 2008-2013, where she authored the 2008 report Unequal from the Start: a Check-up on NYC’s Infants and Toddlers. In addition to publications, she is a sought-after speaker on issues of community and state systems to support healthy development in early childhood.Dr. Isakson trained in General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of New York where she served as Chief Resident. She received her MD from University of Connecticut Medical School and is completing her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Dina Lieser, MD, FAAP

DIna PicDr. Lieser is Co-Director of Docs for Tots. Dr. Lieser serves on numerous committees that help to promote the integration of health, education and social support for families in the earliest years of life. She is a member of the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Committee where she co-chairs the Promoting Healthy Development Workgroup. As an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Lieser holds a number of positions including Chairwoman of the AAP National Council on Early Childhood.Dr. Lieser is Director of Ambulatory and Community Pediatrics at Nassau University Medical Center and a practicing pediatrician at Nassau University Medical Center.Dr. Lieser has written multiple issue briefs and articles on the health benefits of early childhood initiatives, the early childhood medical home, and early childhood mental health and has spoken in major national and state conferences and webinars around these issues.Dr. Lieser attended New York University School of Medicine followed by a residency in pediatrics at New York Presbyterian- Cornell Medical Center.