Organization: University of Florida, College of Education
Jennifer Park, Ph.D., Research Scientist at the University of Florida’s College of Education 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 has led the Lastinger Center’s early childhood technology-enabled professional development suite of services supporting adult learners in Florida, Arizona, California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. In Florida’s Office of Early Learning, she led a statewide $16 million initiative resulting in a suite of quality improvement services covering professional development, program assessment, and child screening and assessment. Dr. Park held leadership positions at Teaching Strategies, Teachstone, and Child Care Aware® of America. She held research positions at Florida State University, the American Institutes for Research, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Dr. Park holds a Ph.D. in Child Development from Florida State University and a B.S. in Education from Virginia Tech.