In addition to her faculty appointment, Lieny Jeon serves as the director of Early Childhood Initiatives at the Baltimore Education Research Consortium leading the Early Childhood Data Collaborative, which is a research-practice partnership with Baltimore City’s publicly funded early childhood programs. She is also the associate editor for the Early Education and Development.
Jeon's research focuses on early care and education, family characteristics, and neighborhood disadvantage that impact children’s lives. She is passionate about early childhood educators’ well-being and workforce development and the way it impacts young children’s development. She is interested in improving the working conditions for early childhood educators and the early childhood workforce system. She also examines how early care and education buffers challenging home and neighborhood environments and maximizes children’s development. She is leading the development and implementation of the Well-being First program, which is designed to support Head Start teachers’ resilience and organizational well-being.
Jeon also directs the Well-being for Early Learning Lab (WELLab). WELLab studies early care and education, as well as the health and well-being of children, teachers, and families. The lab also works to promote equity in access and quality of educational and social services. WELLab maintains a number of collaborative partnerships with early childhood organizations in the community, and the objective of the learning lab is to more effectively translate research findings into valuable contributions towards improving the health, education, and well-being of children, caregivers, and communities.
Ph.D., Ohio State University