Jennifer Park, Ph.D.
Chief of Business Development and Strategy Officer
Dr. Jennifer Park has more than 20 years in early childhood education. She has served as a preschool teacher, researcher, school administrator, and executive in both public and private sectors. Dr. Park’s expertise is in early childhood systems development at the state and national levels with her primary focus on identifying and evolving key market opportunities and strategic alignment.
Prior to joining CCAoA, she was Director of Research and Public Policy at 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.” She was a key driver in developing scalable professional development supports for dual language learners. Importantly, as a data integrated decision-maker, she oversaw the development and ongoing management of a research database for client support. Dr. Park also served in the statewide administration of Florida’s child care program. In Florida’s Office of Early Learning, she led a statewide quality improvement effort for the state’s CCDBG program, leading a $16 million initiative resulting in a suite of services for child care providers across the state covering professional development, program assessment, and both child screening and assessment. Dr. Park also worked 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; she served as the company’s first Research Director. Dr. Park worked on large-scale research at the American Institutes for Research and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC.
Dr. Park started her career as a toddler teacher and has served as a school administrator, bringing additional experience from the independent school and charter school perspectives. In administrative roles, Dr. Park provided guidance to staff and worked with parents in obtaining access to local support resources for typical children and children needing referral to additional support services. Dr. Park holds both master’s degree and a doctorate degree in child development from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in Education from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Park joined CCAoA in 2016.