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Meet the Center Director

Ana I. Berdecia

Ana BerdeciaAna I. Berdecia, M.Ed. is the Senior Fellow/Director of the Center for the Positive Development of Urban Children (CPDUC) at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison State University and the program director for the New Jersey Cultural Competency and English Language Learners Summer Institute and Mentoring Program.

The CPDUC policy focus is to bridge the voices of teachers, practitioners, and parent/guardians to policy initiatives in New Jersey that impact the health, well-being, and educational outcomes of children and families. She has published various articles and publications about young children and teacher preparation. Ana has extensive experience working with diverse families and children as an administrator, program developer, trainer, and consultant.

Prior to joining the University, Ana served as the executive director of the Puerto Rican Community Day Care Center, Inc. in Trenton, New Jersey. Ana is an adjunct faculty at Mercer County Community College where she teaches Intro to Early Childhood Education, Infant and Toddler Development, Curriculum and Methods, and the educational field experience courses. Ana earned her BA in sociology with a minor in women studies and a master in education with a specialization in early childhood both from The University of New Jersey. She also holds a New Jersey Standard Teaching Certificate in Preschool through 3rd grade. In addition, Ana has a post-graduate certificate in Infant Mental Health from the YCS Infant and Preschool Mental Health Institute and Seton Hall University.

"The work of the Center is grounded in best practices and the principles that are critical for young children to succeed and the workforce to be successful in address the multiple issues impacting the positive development of young children. The early years are incredible years that need incredible, knowledgeable, multi-talented, and intentional practitioners that are culturally and linguistically responsive."

Contact Information

Ana I. Berdecia, M.Ed.
Senior Fellow/Director
Center for the Positive Development of Urban Children
John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 777-4351 ext. 4290
fax: (609) 392-3207