Jana Martella, a nationally recognized expert in early childhood policy and standards-based reform, guides state and federal leaders and policymakers in strengthening early childhood systems to foster children’s school readiness and well-being. For over 30 years, she has led initiatives and provided consultation focused on improving educational policies, supports, and services for young children. She brings deep expertise in system building and accountability mechanisms that close opportunity gaps for children from low-income communities.

Martella co-led the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes for over seven years, overseeing the delivery of technical assistance and policy advice to state education agency offices and 22 federally funded Content and Regional Centers in the Federal Comprehensive Centers Program. She continues to provide consultation on early childhood policy issues.

A widely published author, Martella has written about early childhood educator evaluation and school turnaround efforts recently. Before joining EDC, Martella was the executive director of the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education.

Martella holds MS degrees from Johns Hopkins University and San Diego State University.