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First 1,000 Days Knowledge Center


First 1,000 Days Knowledge Center is a new AAP online resource that provides pediatricians, residents, medical students, and other clinical professionals with essential guidance on the best practices for impacting health outcomes in the crucial first 1,000 days of a child’s life. Quickly get up to speed with essential AAP information including current policies, guidelines, and best practices—all accessible in one location on the AAP Publications site.

Find on-demand learning modules with content drawn from key AAP Publications along with guided learning provided by medical experts. Additionally, you’ll discover new interactive learning elements including monthly “Ask the Author/Editor” live sessions and “Question of the Week” delivered via social media and email! You will also have access to NeoKit: Tools for Assessment and Care of the Newborn, which includes interactive tools for topics such as newborn exams, infectious exposures, circumcision, and more.

Initial modules cover:

  • Post-Discharge Care of the NICU Graduate / Late Preterm and Early Term Infant
  • Delivery and Care of the Newborn
  • First Visits (0-6 month care)
  • Vaccinations

New modules will be added regularly, and modules will be continually updated as new policies and guidelines are published.

Activate your access now for this special beta period, to use the modules and give feedback as the site completes its development phase.

First 1,000 Days Knowledge Center is supported in full by an educational grant from Reckitt Mead Johnson Nutrition.



 Photo of Calire Boogaard, MD, MPH, FAAP

Claire Boogaard, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a board-certified clinical pediatrician at Children’s Health Center at THEARC and a medical director of the Pediatric Health Network at Children’s National Hospital.  She holds appointments as an affiliate faculty member of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s National and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

After graduating magnum cum laude from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, she pursued her Doctor of Medicine and Master’s in Public Health at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha in 2011. She went on to complete her pediatric internship, residency and chief residency at Children’s National and joined the Children’s Health Center at THEARC as a clinical attending and assistant professor of Pediatrics in 2015. 

Along with providing preventive and urgent care in the clinical setting, Dr. Boogaard has held a variety of leadership roles in resident and fellow education, clinical management and public health program development.  As interim medical director for the Children’s Health Center at THEARC, she helped lead the team through an expansion in 2018, quadrupling space and adding onsite dental and specialty care for the community of Ward 8. 

As medical director for the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine program, she partnered with multidisciplinary leaders and regional stakeholders to coordinate an effective, equitable, and patient-centered COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration strategy. She helped expand the mass vaccine model to clinic-based distributive model to ensure equitable uptake, successfully administering >27,000 doses to >16,000 individuals, 67% of whom were living in high-risk neighborhoods and >60% identifying as Black/African American and 14.5% identifying as Hispanic. Her most recent leadership role as medical director of the Pediatric Health Network allows her to provide clinical expertise and oversight to quality improvement initiatives and value-based care contract negotiations for the Children’s National Pediatric Health Network. 

Dr. Boogaard is passionate about delivering high quality and equitable health care, focusing on prevention and strength-based interventions. She actively enjoys engaging with community members and multidisciplinary health care teams to enhance programmatic development and provide education to improve individual and community health outcomes. 


Photo of Jillian Connors, MD, FAAP

Jillian Connors, MD, FAAP, is an Attending Physician at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, specializing in neonatal-perinatal medicine and the evaluation and management of neonates with critical, acute, and chronic care needs. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at our Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

In 2007, Dr. Connors received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Canisius College. Following this, she received her Doctor of Medicine in 2011 at the State University of New York School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Connors began her postgraduate training with a completed residency training in Pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she acted as Chief Resident. Currently, Dr. Connors completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Connors is dedicated to researching neonatal nutrition and breastfeeding, quality improvement and patient safety, and neonatal resuscitation and simulation. She has shared her work in numerous publications, posters and presentations.

Dr. Connors is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Advisory Editor

Photo of Deborah Campbell, MD, FAAP

Deborah Campbell, MD, FAAP is a professor of clinical pediatrics and associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, program director for the fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine, and director of the division of neonatology at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. She conducts the Low Birth Weight Infant Evaluation and Assessment Program (LEAP) and has served various leadership roles at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), New York State Association of Regional Perinatal Programs and Networks, New York City Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council, and Greater New York March of Dimes Health Professionals Advisory Board and National March of Dimes.

Dr Campbell is a member of the Greater New York Hospital Association Perinatal Safety Collaborative Advisory Group, the National Quality Forum Perinatal Collaborative, and the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative Neonatology Expert Workgroup. She also serves on the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council, an expert panel that developed guidance and advice for the New York State Department of Health on best practices in pain management and end-of-life care. She served as a member on the AAP Taskforce on Implementation of Newborn Hearing Screening and the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program. She is currently co-chair of the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th edition Infancy Expert Panel.


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