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Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, Executive Director, Office of Early Childhood

Dr. Jones-Taylor previously served as an assistant professor-faculty fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.  She is a cultural anthropologist with expertise in early care and education policy.  Her research focused on the effects of early care and education reform on child care providers in low-income urban communities and the children and families who are intended to benefit from those reforms.  She also currently serves as a member of the New Haven Board of Education.

She received her doctorate in American studies and anthropology from Yale University, where she also received two master’s degrees: one in African American studies and the other in American studies.  She is an Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy Fellow and a recipient of the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship.  She is also a former New Haven Early Childhood Council member and former Honorary Faculty Research Fellow at the Humanities Initiative at New York University.