A driven and passionate advocate for the interests of underserved and vulnerable populations in New York City, Michelly E. Garcia, LMSW has spent the last ten years working to promote optimal functioning for families with children zero to five years of age, improve early child developmental and health outcomes, and support families’ progress toward their own self-sufficiency and other long-term goals.
She currently serves as the Director of the South Bronx Early Head Start program of Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, which serves families in one of the most high need communities in the nation and is the only Early Head Start program with services embedded in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Ms. Garcia leads a multidisciplinary team in the ongoing development and implementation of a model integrating relationship-based practices into the NICU’s medical care and support service delivery. This model is aimed at empowering parents in the care of their infants through interventions that promote mutual regulation and connection. She also has worked to incorporate trauma focused principles into program development, design, and home visitation practices in line with the needs and vulnerabilities of the South Bronx community. Ms. Garcia is a fee-for-service clinician at the Jewish Board Child Development Center where she provides therapeutic services to families parenting children aged two to eight, and engages in training on the theories and methods of the latest evidenced-based interventions to support positive parent and child outcomes.
Ms. Garcia completed her graduate training in social work at Lehman College of CUNY and a post-graduate fellowship in Infant Parent Mental Health at the University of Massachusetts, Boston campus.