Jana Fleming joined the Herr Center in August 2009 as interim director and was named director in March 2010. She came to Erikson from City Colleges of Chicago, the largest urban community college system in the nation, where she has served as executive director of Child Development Studies since 2003. She has also been a consultant to the Joyce Foundation, directing its grant making in early childhood education.

Fleming has applied her extensive knowledge in child development and teacher preparation to conduct studies on the cost of child care and state prekindergarten programs; means of financing services for children and families; and relationships between teacher knowledge and practice. She has also evaluated the quality of early education programs, trained teachers on best practices in early education, and provided guidance to local communities in developing strategies to improve the delivery of educational and health services to young children.

Prior to joining City Colleges, Fleming was a research investigator at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She codirected the Early Childhood Leadership Development Program at UNC, providing graduate-level education and training for early childhood professionals in health services, education, social welfare, child care, and family protective services. She was also actively involved in research and leadership development projects in support of North Carolina’s Smart Start initiative. Fleming holds a law degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


  • J.D., Duke University
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill