Jana Martella is the Co-Director for the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), one of 22 comprehensive technical assistance centers funded by the US Department of Education. She works in the Washington, DC, office of the Education Development Center, Inc. Ms. Martella brings to her work more than 30 years of experience in education, including positions as a teacher and assistant school administrator, state legislative liaison, and coordinator for federal 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 assists states 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).