Jaclyn Vasquez is the Associate Director of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) at Erikson Institute. During her time at Erikson she launched the EDI pilot project, a neighborhood measure that shows the development of young children within the context of their community. The long-range goals are to identify needs and strengths, to promote equitable distribution and alignment of resources, and to foster better coordination across systems.
Prior to her work at Erikson, Jaclyn was the Manager of the Child Parent Centers (CPC) of Chicago Public Schools. The CPC program is an early childhood preschool model that promotes aligned curriculum, intensive family supports and services, parent involvement and engagement, effective learning experiences and a professional development system for teachers. The program is designed to support children and their families from PreK through third grade. The CPC is a family centered program, focused on the needs of the students and their families to ensure their success in school and beyond.
Also a former early childhood educator of 15 years, Jaclyn was the lead teacher for a Head Start Preschool in the community of Brighton Park on the southwest side of Chicago. Before coming to Chicago, Jaclyn worked in Oak Park and Streator, Illinois.
Jaclyn earned a Master’s of Science degree from Northern Illinois University in Literacy Education. In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Special education, with dual endorsements in ESL and Bilingual, Spanish, from Northern Illinois University. Jaclyn is currently completing her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction.