Andria Goss, M.S. ’02 director of Erikson Institute’s Early Childhood Project with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), has been selected for a prestigious fellowship with Zero to Three.
Goss is one of 15 fellows chosen from across the country to participate in the program. The 18-month fellowship brings together a diverse group of leaders who work to make a difference in the lives of young children — particularly those from underserved populations — through their roles in a range of disciplines.
The program includes self-directed remote learning opportunities; retreats in Washington, D.C.; individualized mentoring and coaching; and development of an “Action Plan” around an issue related to infants and toddlers that reflects each individual fellow’s professional responsibilities.
Goss leads the Early Childhood Project, a partnership between Erikson and the Illinois DCFS. Through the project, Erikson early childhood specialists administer clinical assessments to children up to age 3 who are entering the foster care system in Cook County. They also coordinate assessments statewide and provide consultations, referrals, and other resources to children up to age 5 and their families who are involved with the child welfare system.
An alumna of Erikson’s Master of Science in Child Development program, Goss also previously provided therapy services to young children and adolescents, and she is interested in understanding how histories of trauma, poverty, and low academic achievement impact parents and their children.