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Elsa Jones, M.A.

Program Chair, Early Childhood Education

Contact info:
Phone: 203.596.8550
Email: [email protected]
Office: North Hall 214

Academic Background:

MA in Child Study, Eliot-Pearson Department, Tufts University

BA in Psychology, Wellesley College

MA Thesis:  “Sex Differences in Preschoolers’ Use of Computers”

Teaching Background:

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.

Professional Background:

Jones is a Child Development Specialist with 31 years of broadanging 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

Teaching Philosophy:

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

Personal Background:

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).

Community Activities:

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.

Research/Academic Interests:

Jones’ major interests are in the areas of family-school-community partnership, early detection/early intervention, and diversity appreciation/cultural competency.

Professional Memberships:

  • 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