February 6th, 2018 | by admin
Jennifer lends leadership and support to the work of the practice and strategy divisions. The projects she currently supports include workforce development consultation with the Washington Region Early Care & Education Workforce Network, community-level early learning evaluation and strategic planning with the Westside Future Fund of Atlanta, and the development of a comprehensive early learning expansion plan in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Coalition (ELIC), among others. Jennifer began her career as a childcare center Director in Baltimore City. She worked with Even Start and Head Start programs for several years, providing early learning opportunities and other supportive services to culturally and linguistically diverse children and families, and working to address the multiple systemic factors affecting school readiness. Jennifer later worked to establish and lead multiple community-based early childhood initiatives, especially serving children ages 0-5 and their families. In her work with community development agencies in Baltimore, Jennifer took a leadership role in strategic planning to build pathways for expanded cradle-to-career education and human development opportunity, supporting sustainability and driving community support for land and real estate redevelopment efforts. This included, among many things, working alongside Family League of Baltimore, the local partner of the Institute for Educational Leadership and backbone organization for Community Schools and an array of educational supports in Baltimore. This work also included leading community-level and participating in citywide efforts to expand access to high quality early learning opportunity. Jennifer earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Towson University, and a B.S. in Early Childhood Leadership from Stevenson University.