Elsa Jones, M.A.
Program Chair, Early Childhood Education
Office: North Hall 214
MA in Child Study, Eliot-Pearson Department, Tufts University
BA in Psychology, Wellesley College
MA Thesis: “Sex Differences in Preschoolers’ Use of Computers”
Jones, a Post University employee since 2012, holds the position of Academic Program Manager (APM) in Early Childhood. Her previous positions were Associate APM, Assistant APM, and Adjunct Faculty. Her course specialties include early childhood foundations and home-school-community partnerships. In 2007 she developed the “Family and Community Involvement in Early Childhood Programs” course for Connecticut’s Director’s Credentialing System and instructs the course annually. Jones has worked as an Adjunct Professor for several Connecticut Community Colleges since 2000.
Jones is a Child Development Specialist with 31 years of broad-ranging teaching, training/coaching, research, advocacy and leadership, professional presentation, and independent consulting experiences.
Project Director – Big League Children’s Defense Fund Summer Freedom School® – Women’s League Child Development Center, Hartford, CT, 2016 – Present
Education & NAEYC Accreditation Consultant – Head Start, Center-based and Family Child Care Programs, 1986 – Present
Facilitator – Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) – Middlesex County, CT Commission on Children, 2013 – 2014
Administrator – Help Me Grow National Center, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 2010 – 2013
Program Associate – Brighter Futures Initiative, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, 2004 – 2010
Trainer/Coach – “Training Wheels – CT Preschool Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks” and “Recognition & Response: The Connecticut Initiative”, CT Department of Education, 2006 – 2012
Trainer/Coach – Connecticut’s Guidelines for the Development of Infant & Toddler Early Learning, CT Department of Social Services, 2008 – 2010
Assessment/Intervention Coordinator – Columbia University Head Start Quality Research Center, 2001 – 2006
Assistant Researcher – Yale University Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy, 1995 – 2003
Federal Head Start & Early Head Start Reviewer – Administration for Children and Families, 1995 – 2003
Center Director/Head Teacher – Head Start and Chapter I Pre-Kindergarten Programs,1985 – 1986; 1988 – 1989
Jones seeks to help all students understand and implement effective, intentional teaching techniques that promote young children’s positive self-esteem, active learning, critical thinking, and optimal development, honor diversity, and ensure authentic partnerships with families as first teachers
A mother of two college graduates, Jones cherishes her role as their lifelong nurturer, educator and advocate. She enjoys traveling and dancing. She is a licensed Zumba instructor (Basic, Toning, and Aqua).
Jones’ community involvement includes volunteer work with Be The Match Bone Marrow Donor Registration (Icla Da Silva Foundation, New York) and Church breakfast ministries. She is a board member of the CT Association for the Education of Young Children (CT-AEYC). She has served as a board member for the Hartford Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC), Connecticut Head Start Education Advisory Committees, and the Hartford Artists Collective, Inc.
Jones’ major interests are in the areas of family-school-community partnership, early detection/early intervention, and diversity appreciation/cultural competency.
National and Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children
National Head Start Association
National Black Child Development Institute
Children’s Defense Fund
Hartford Area Child Care Collaborative of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving