Visiting Assistant Professor and Executive Director for the Center for Child Development
AAA Teacher License in Special Education Birth-K
Research Interests: kindergarten readiness, early childhood professional development and technical assistance
Outreach: I have served in various executive board positions for Mississippi Early Childhood Association and have reviewed manuscripts for Dimensions of Early Childhood.
Teaching: Child Development, Advanced Child Development, Methods and Materials, Supervised Participation
Statement of Interests:
I am interested in professional development that translates in to enhanced interactions in the early childhood classroom. Additionally, I am interested in how developmentally effective practices relate to kindergarten readiness and how innovative approaches can support the emergent literacy development of young children.
Leffler, J. (2012). Extend these ideas with books: Connect story-reading strategies with a children’s book [Review of the book A Sick Day for Amos McGee]. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 40(2), 32.
Leffler, J.L. & Harper, S. L. (2011). The impact of teacher quality on preschoolers’ mathematics and literacy achievement. The Field Experience Journal, 7, 15-32.
Shores, E.F. (Producer) & Leffler, J.L. (Associate Producer). (2011). Quick peeks at good practice: Video visits to Mississippi early childhood classrooms [Video series}. Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute.
Leffler, J. (2011). Quick peeks at good practice: Video visits to Mississippi early childhood classrooms; User’s guide. Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute.
Leffler, J. & Eddowes, E. A. (2010). Books for early childhood educators [Review of the book Getting it right for young children of diverse backgrounds: Applying research to improve practice]. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 38(3),39.
Selected Grants Funded:
Early Intervention for First Steps at the Center for Child Development (2013). Mississippi State Department of Health, First Steps Early Intervention. Principal Investigator. $17,000.
Child Care Access Means Parents in School (2013). United States Department of Education. Co-Principal Investigator with Angel Herring. $1,155,358.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (2013). United States Department of Agriculture. Principal Investigator. $47,000.
Early Childhood Conferences (2013). Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Early Childhood Care and Development. Co-Principal Investigator with Gail Lindsey of Mississippi State University. $217,375 ($33,845 to be subcontracted to the University of Southern Mississippi).
Early Childhood Conferences (2011). Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Early Childhood Care and Development. Principal Investigator (Proposal written by Melina Vaughan). $175,304.
Bridges to Quality: The Mississippi Early Childhood Professional Development Project (2010). United States Department of Education. Co-Principal Investigator with Elizabeth F. Shores (Proposal written by Elizabeth F. Shores). $750,000.
CDA as a First Step (2010). Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Early Childhood Care and Development. Co-Principal Investigator with Monnie Vail. $150,000.
CDA as a First Step (2009). Mississippi Department of Human Services, Office of Children and Youth. Co-Principal Investigator with Monnie Vail. $250,000.
Selected Professional Presentations:
Herring, A., Leffler, J., & Pegues, R. (2012). The Tale of the Hercules Beetle. Presented at the NAEYC Professional Development Institute. Indianapolis, Indiana, June 2012.
Leffler, J.L. Inviting Parents and Children to the Literacy Club. Presented at the Southern Early Childhood Association Annual Conference. San Antonio, Texas, February 2012.
Leffler, J.L. Seven Things Anyone Can Do to Improve Their Leadership. Presented at the Pine Belt Directors Association Annual Conference. Hattiesburg, Mississippi, February 2011.
College of Education and Psychology: Recruitment, Retention and Public Relations Committee, 2013-present
Mississippi Early Childhood Association, President, 2012-2013
Southern Early Childhood Association, Editorial Committee, 2010-Present