Janice Jobey possesses an extensive background in the early childhood field in both public and private arenas. She has earned two Master degrees, one in Human Development (with an emphasis in Child Development) and one in Professional Development. Her background includes both teaching preschoolers, infants, toddlers and directing a large non-profit preschool. In addition she has worked with young children not only as a teacher, but also as a provider for ten years for her state’s program for children with special needs and their families.She holds an teaching certificate for Early Childhood.
Jan has provided adult education to parents, teachers, directors, and her peers for the State of Oklahoma. While she has taught early childhood classes at college level for the past 12 years, she recently led her community college child development program successfully through national accreditation adhering to early childhood standards. Her reputation has placed her in a position to represent community college instructors for Oklahoma’s task force for early childhood professional development for the state’s governor, course equivalency projects, as well as other committees and boards in which she works to leverage positive outcomes for teachers of young children. Simultaneously, she began providing training for childcare providers nearly 20 years ago, and has continuously worked to increase teachers’ levels of education through CDA all the way to now teaching her peer adult educators about “developing effective trainings” through OU’s Center for Early Childhood Professional Development. She also trains Oklahoma’s CDA advisors in their role as well as trains adult educators on how to train Oklahoma’s Early Learning Guidelines.
Jan’s commitment to working with Head Start programs and tribal Head Start programs is also broad and varied and for as long as she has lived in Oklahoma—20 years. She has provided mental health observations and consultation, provided trainings, served on education and health boards, and conducted child assessments. Recently her Head Start work involved working with tribal Head Starts in their work toward obtaining CDA credentials.
Jan created Early Learning Innovations, LLC in 2008 as a result of her years of work in creating curriculum and educating childcare professionals. Through ELI, she creates workshops based on client needs, authors adult education modules, develops teacher education rubrics based on Head Start performance standards, and has developed curriculum for both Infant/Toddler and Preschool age children. She has authored and illustrated numerous books full of literacy links and parent engagement activities!