Early Childhood Training and Consultation | Justice Resource Institute

Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

Services

Early Childhood Training and Consultation

Early Childhood Training and Consultation (ECTC) is composed of a multi-disciplinary team of early childhood, mental health, education, and special education professionals who partner with childcare programs and families to support the healthy development of young children. ECTC professionals provide training and consultation to childcare programs, providers, and families with children ages birth through 14.

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At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: To support the healthy development of children, particularly those who are emotionally, behaviorally or developmentally at-risk.
Age: ages birth through 14
Let's Connect
Stacey Gay
Program Director
35 Summer Street, Suite #202
Taunton, MA 02780
(774) 501-7715
Consultation to Child Care Centers

The Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) team is funded by the Department of Early Education and Care to provide onsite child behavioral observations, and mental health consultation and training to caregivers of young children throughout southeastern Mass. The team utilizes the Pyramid Model for promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Infants and Young Children. Children who exhibit significant social/emotional or behavioral challenges, including aggression, hyperactivity, anxiety, and/or depression are referred for consultation by their childcare program.

Special Education Consults

The Early Childhood Training and Consultation (ECTC) team accepts referrals for children with suspected or diagnosed disabilities or developmental delays. The team provides onsite observations of young children, strategies to include children with disabilities in childcare settings, training for staff on special education regulations, policies and best practices, and assistance to families to help them access resources to address their child’s special needs.

Trainings and Workshops

Are you a preschool, after-school program, “Mom’s Group,” or other community entity that would like to partner with us? Let us know how we can help meet the needs of your community!

Please see our list of trainings and workshops.

Family Support

We partner with families to support the positive development, emotional well-being, and school readiness of young children. We target programming, resources, and services to the most at-risk children, including those who are low income, homeless, disabled, or exhibiting significant mental health concerns.

  • Play, Learn and Grow early literacy program
  • Positive Solutions for Families workshop
  • Run Into Reading annual family event
  • Parent-child playgroups
  • Playgroups at homeless shelters
  • Consultation on child-development issues
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I am extremely pleased with this program and its group leaders. I feel that anyone with children can benefit from the information being taught in this parenting group. It was fun, informative, and I met other parents.
Parent
Outcomes

For calendar year 2015, Early Childhood Training and Consultation provided consultation services to over 200 teachers, stabilizing classroom settings for over 3,000 children across southeastern Massachusetts.

Request More Information

For assistance determining which programs or services will meet your individualized need, please fill out the form below. If you have a question regarding a particular program, please contact the Program Director listed in the “Let’s Connect” box above.

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