As Chief Learning Officer, Jennifer is responsible for supervising and working closely with Kidango’s team of Regional Directors, Director of Professional Development and Kidango’s Head Start Program Manager. She provides leadership, training and technical assistance and support to help ensure that our programs for children and families are of high quality, demonstrate best practices and are compliant with California Department of Education Regulations (Title 5), Community Care Licensing Regulations (Title 22) and Head Start Performance Standards.
Jennifer has more than 23 years of experience in the field of Early Care and Education, working in both private and publicly funded programs. She was a Lead Teacher at the Mills College Children’s School (a lab school for training Early Learning professionals) for many years, an Education Specialist for Early Head Start in Oakland, and has more than 15 years’ experience at Kidango, first as a Center Director, then a Regional Director and now in the role of Deputy Director of Early Learning.
Jennifer holds a BA degree in Child Development from Mills College. She is certified as a West Ed PITC trainer and completed 1 year of the Harris Infant Mental Health Training Program. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and serves as a Public Policy Advisor for the California Child Development Administrator’s Association. She holds a Program Director Permit, issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
On a personal note, Jennifer’s son attended Kidango from 6 months of age until he entered Kindergarten in 2014 so she can attest to the value of a Kidango early learning experience!