Dr. Jana Fleming named director of Herr Research Center

Dr. Jana Fleming was named director of the Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy in March 2010.

Dr. Fleming joined the Herr Center as interim director on Aug. 1, 2009. She came to Erikson from the  City Colleges of Chicago, the largest urban community college system in the nation, where she was executive director of Child Development Studies for six years. She also was a consultant to the Joyce Foundation, directing its grant making in early childhood education. She succeeded Eboni C. Howard, who led the Herr Center for three years.

Over the past 20 years Dr. 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, Dr. Fleming was a research investigator at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She co-directed 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. Dr. Fleming holds a law degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.