Welcome to

The Phoebe H. Stein Child Life Program



Much of the work being done at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore is thanks to the generosity of individual donors, families, corporations, and foundations. Support from our dedicated community allows physicians, faculty, and staff to continue providing world class care to our young patient from birth through adolescents. Our Child Life Program and team of specialists compliment medical treatment by focusing on emotional and developmental needs of patients through medical play, procedural preparation, diversion and creative expression. If you are interested in learning more or would like to become involved, please feel free to reach out to a member of our development team.

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore announces that it was one of 19 children’s hospitals awarded a play grant from Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) and The Toy Foundation (TTF). The Children’s Hospital Play Grant Program was created to bring the healing power of play to children in hospitals through projects incorporating play therapy into care services.

A hospital stay is often a stressful experience for children and their families. Opportunities for play can help relieve this stress, improve children’s well-being, and enhance treatment outcomes. The Children’s Hospital Play Grant Program projects are designed to improve pediatric care at hospitals, particularly in underserved communities, and strengthen the social, emotional, physical, and educational development of children whose needs may otherwise go unmet. This grant will enhance our Medical Play Equipment.

About The Toy Foundation

The Toy Foundation (TTF) is a 501 (c)3 children's charity whose mission is to provide philanthropic support and the vital commodity of play to children and families in need, across the country and globe. TTF's donations represent the charitable works of TTF and the toy industry. Last year, TTF provided $360K in cash grants to nearly 4 million children severely impacted by the pandemic. Since its inception in 2003, TTF's signature Toy Bank has provided $225 million in toys to more than 26 million underserved children coping with serious illness, enduring temporary home placements in the foster care system, living with domestic violence, and/or dealing with natural disasters. TTF is also broadening its mission to provide grant funding to children's hospitals to encourage healing through play and to foster a diverse and inclusive culture and pipeline of talent for the toy industry.

About Children's Hospital Association

The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 200 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost, and delivery of care. Follow us on Facebook @childrenshospitals and Twitter @hospitals4kids.

Contact Phoebe H. Stein Child Life Program at CHAM

Donate to Phoebe H. Stein Child Life Program

Child Life Program Director
Meghan D. Kelly, MSEd, CCLS
Phone: 718-741-2360

For Volunteers, School and Community Organizations, Toy Donations
Child Life Program Supervisor
Ingrid Ordóñez-Street, MEd/SpEd, CCLS
Phone: 718-741-2556

For Practicum Opportunities
Senior Child Life Specialist, Practicum Coordinator
Talia Haviv, MS, CCLS 

For Internship Opportunities
Senior Child Life Specialist, Internship Coordinator
Mary Kate Kelly, MS, CCLS