Strong Foundations for Young Children

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Strong Foundations for Young Children

Strong Foundations for Young Children provides free support for families of infants, toddlers and preschoolers who reside in Hampshire County, MA. Our goal is to provide support to parents to enhance their children’s social and emotional development, especially at times when they are struggling most.

Who is eligible for our services?

Families that are eligible for services must 1) reside in Hampshire county 2) have at least one child, age birth to five (or before kindergarten) 3) that is not in an early education and care program/childcare, and 4) has challenging behaviors, delayed social emotional skills or other high needs. Priority will go to families that are not yet connected to community services and have a child with high needs. The program duration is typically 3-6 months (or less, depending on the needs of the family).

The type and quantity of services is tailored to the individual needs of each child and family. We will typically visit the family at home and provide help with setting goals, coaching and modeling strategies for parents or caregivers, and connecting families with needed resources in the community. The family and clinician will work together to determine appropriate goals for the family to support the social emotional development of the child, reducing challenging behaviors.

Strong Foundations provides services to families including mental health consultation, education on social emotional concerns, skills for challenging behaviors, and connections to expanded services in the area.

Strong Foundations believes that prevention is paramount and focuses on strengthening the early social emotional development of young children to enhance their resiliency for a brighter future by educating and supporting the adults in a young child’s life. Ongoing coaching and modeling with parents, support and access to resources for parents with young children who are experiencing challenges and face social at-risk issues benefit the whole family. Strong Foundations offers diverse approaches to promoting health and safety by addressing young children’s social emotional needs through supporting parents and families; and by promoting community networks.

“The foundation of social competence that are developed in the first five years are linked to emotional well-being and affect later ability to functionally adapt in school and to form successful relationships throughout life.”

Sarah Lusardi, IECMH Clinical Supervisor at CES, coordinates all referrals and intakes. Referrals for Parent Aides should be made to Gail Fries at Berkshire Children and Families for families requesting more intensive support.

For Strong Foundations Referrals, please use this form.

For more information, contact: 
Position: 
IECMH Clinical Supervisor
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5567
Email: 
slusardi@collaborative.org