The overall goal of the consultation process is to assist those working directly with young children to receive the support they need to meet group/individual needs. The focus is to provide support in developing an environment that promotes resilience, or inner strength, in children.
Consultation is provided in two forms: group and individual. The components of group consultation involve working with teaching staff to examine their classroom environment, daily program, activities and experiences, supportive interactions and partnerships with families. Individual child consultation is offered to those who have particular concerns regarding a child’s development, interactions or behavior. Parents are an integral part of this type of consultation. In both versions, a written plan of action is developed to use identified strengths to address identified goals. The consultant provides support and feedback as the plan is implemented and goals are met.
A trained Family Resource Center consultant provides consultation in the form of observation/feedback, training, linkage/referral to services or assessments to individual teachers, classrooms, preschools or public schools. The consultant uses the Devereux Early Childhood Program to guide the process. Parents may access this service for their individual child through the school, preschool/child care staff or by contacting the consultant directly.
Targeted Population: Teachers, caregivers in group settings and parents of children ages 0 – 8 in group care/classrooms
Program Length: Varies, depending on the plan development and goals to be addressed in the consultation process