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Park, Jennifer



Chief Operating Officer and Early Learning Principal,
Lastinger Center for Learning

College of Education
University of Florida
Room 2-068 Norman Hall
PO Box 117052
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4103
Fax: 352-392-3505
jpark@coe.ufl.edu

Research Biography

Jennifer Park, Ph.D. serves as Early Learning Officer at the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning in the College of Education. Dr. Park has worked in publicly funded early childhood education at the local, state and national levels for 25 years. Her expertise is in early childhood system development; identifying areas of need, the development of successful strategies, and scaling toward long-term sustainability. Dr. Park started her career as a toddler teacher in Tallahassee, Florida and is deeply committed to supporting education professionals, having worked locally as a school administrator and statewide at Florida’s Office of Early Learning. In Florida’s Office of Early Learning, she led a statewide quality improvement effort for the state’s Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program — a $16 million initiative resulting in a suite of services for child care providers across the state covering professional development, program assessment, and child screening and assessment. Dr. Park held leadership positions at Teaching Strategies, an early childhood education company that provides curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to programs serving children from birth through kindergarten; Teachstone, a company focused on “improving the ways teachers interact with their students through trainings for coaches and observers, online programs, and design of professional development;” and Child Care Aware® of America, a national, non-profit, trade association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, funded through the federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG). She held research positions at Florida State University, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the American Institutes for Research, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Degrees

Ph.D. in Child Development, Florida State University

M.S. in Child Development, Florida State University

B.S. in Education, Virginia Tech

Key Professional Appointments

Chief of Business Development and Strategy Officer, Child Care Aware® of America, Arlington, VA

Director of Applied Research and Public Policy, Teachstone Training, LLC, Charlottesville, VA

Early Learning Partners Initiative Manager, Quality Rating Improvement System Administrator, Office of Early Learning, State of Florida, FL

Activities and Honors

American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Leadership Network, 2020-present.

Association for Resilient Campus Design and Innovation (ARCdI) Board Member, 2020-present.

Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholar Candidate Reviewer, 2019-present.

National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families Mentor, 2016-present.

Grants

  • PI: grant, Florida Children’s Council to provide resources to parents and practitioners and evaluation support to the Florida Grade Level Reading Campaign.
  • PI: grant, Florida Children’s Councilto provide evaluation support to the FATES pilot project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
  • PI: grant, Vinik Family Foundation to provide early learning professional development supports.
  • PI: grant, Jim Moran Foundation to provide technology enabled professional development.
  • PI: contract, Florida Office of Early Learning to provide and scale technology enabled, blended professional development statewide
  • PI: contract, Florida Office of Early Learning to provide resources to practitioners and parents for the Preschool Development Grant-Renewal.
  • PI: contract, Richland One School District to provide provide and scale technology enabled, blended professional development to the ThriveRichland initiative.
  • PI: contract, Lauren’s Kids to conduct an evaluation of the Safer Smarter Kids curriculum.
  • Co-PI: grant, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and New Profit to provide statewide, technology enabled instructional leadership support.
  • PD: contract, Florida Office of Early Learning to provide resources to practitioners and parents for the Preschool Development Grant-Planning.
  • PD: contract, Louisiana Department of Education to provide technology enabled professional development support to practitioners statewide.
  • PD: contract, Calcasieu Parish to provide technology enabled professional development support.
  • PD: contract, Lafayette Parish to provide technology enabled professional development support.

Selected Links

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-park-she-her-8a415371/