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The Clark Parent & Child Network

Build bridges. Nurture families. Empower communities.


The Clark Parent & Child Network pairs clinical innovation with community partnerships to support underserved pregnant and postpartum women and children up to age 3.

It will help mitigate racial health disparities and bridge a gap between prenatal care and early childhood development with a focus on mental health by:

  • Creating greater access to mental health care by increasing community-based screenings and support for pregnant women, placing more mental health specialists alongside pediatricians and creating a mental health clinic for infants and toddlers
  • Promoting positive home environments and building a stronger safety net for at-risk children
  • Placing family advocates in vulnerable neighborhoods
  • Establishing a network of community partners to support families with social, emotional, and financial challenges

This network is even more critical as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact family stability, mental health and child development.

The Clark Parent & Child Network is possible thanks to a generous investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, which is making investments across the city to achieve a broader, collective vision of improved maternal and child health outcomes in D.C.

Children’s National is committed to raising an additional $4 million in funding to leverage the Clark Foundation’s vision and commitment to the Clark Parent & Child Network.

For more information on how you can support the network and our city’s most vulnerable families, contact Jessica Miley at JMiley@childrensnational.org or 617-803-9010, or give today.


Help Us Help Young Children and Families in Underserved Communities

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Lee Beers, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Beers is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director for Community Health & Advocacy within Children’s National’s Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health and Child Health Advocacy Institute. She is Co-Director of the Early Childhood Innovation Network, serves as Founding Director of the D.C. Mental Health Access in Pediatrics program and oversees the public-private coalition the D.C. Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care.
Dr. Beers was named President-Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics in January 2020 and will serve as President in 2021. She also serves in a wide variety of leadership positions in the D.C. community.
Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D.
Dr. Limperopoulos is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Institute for the Developing Brain and Vice-Chair of Research in Radiology and Co-Director of Research in Newborn Medicine at Children’s National. She is Professor of Radiology, Neurology and Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Dr. Limperopoulos is internationally recognized for her work in fetal and neonatal advanced MRI, early cerebellar development and brain injury in preterm infants. Her work has been published in JAMA Pediatrics, JAMA Network Open and other leading scientific publications. Her interdisciplinary collaborations have led to several nationally-funded networks including the National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Defense, Clinical Research Initiative for Regional and National Networks in Perinatal Research, and NeuroDevNet.


  • AppleTree
  • Boys Town
  • Community of Hope
  • DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
  • DC Diaper Bank
  • DC Primary Care Association
  • Early Childhood Innovation Network
  • Georgetown University
  • GWU Five Trimesters Clinic
  • GWU Hospital
  • Howard University
  • Jubilee Jumpstart
  • Mamatoto Village
  • Maternal Mental Health Alliance
  • Martha’s Table
  • Mary’s Center
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • New Heights
  • Postpartum Support International
  • Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting
  • Unity



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