Dr. Jana Fleming

Director, Early Childhood Development

Dr. Jana Fleming joined the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation as Director of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Development in February 2015.  She has extensive experience evaluating the quality of early education programs and services, training teachers on best practices in early education, and advising policy makers on strategies to improve educational and social services for young children and their families.

From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Fleming was director of the Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy at Erikson Institute, a graduate school of child development located in Chicago, Illinois, USA.  While at Erikson, she directed research, evaluation, and public outreach projects to inform and support effective early childhood public policy development and implementation.  She also directed two professional learning programs aimed at preparing leaders from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds to work effectively in early childhood policy making and systems building.

From 2003 to 2009, she was at the City Colleges of Chicago, the largest urban community college system in the USA, where she launched and directed a system-wide effort to overhaul its child development degree programs and earn national accreditation, as well as transform five child care centers into functioning laboratory preschools.  From 2005-2008, she was also a consultant to the Joyce Foundation (Chicago, IL), directing its grant making in early education.

From 1997 to 2003, Dr. Fleming was at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  At FPG, she served as research investigator managing large-scale research and evaluation projects, as well as co-director of the Early Childhood Leadership Development Program, providing graduate-level education and training for early childhood professionals in health services, education, social welfare, child care, and family protective services.  She also has experience as a policy analyst in state government, and is a graduate of the Zero to Three Fellowship Program.

Dr. Fleming holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a law degree from Duke University, and a BA degree from Cornell University.