Jana Martella


Jana Martella is Senior Advisor at the Education Development Center.  She served for 7 years as Co-Director for the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), providing technical assistance to state leaders in their offices of early learning. The CEELO Leadership Academy was a flagship project of the Center, planned, implemented and then intensively building out state early childhood leaders through five cohorts of fellows.

Ms. Martella brings to her work 40 years of experience in education, including positions as a teacher and assistant school administrator, state legislative liaison, and state coordinator for federal education programs. A central part of her focus has been on education system and program improvement through standards-based reform, including her work in promoting improved opportunities in early childhood education. She has worked on multiple initiatives designed to advance high quality in early childhood education and in child and adult care throughout the US. She supports school linkages to children aged 0–8, particularly for those at risk of school failure; facilitates early childhood systems building; expands on research findings on policies and practices that promote school readiness; and continues to assist state leaders in the improvement of early childhood accountability and governance mechanisms that support child development and learning.

Ms. Martella holds masters’ degrees from San Diego State University and the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her work with CEELO, she served as the executive director of both the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS-SDE) and the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA).