Jennifer Boss

Jennifer Boss, MSW, is the Director of the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning at ZERO TO THREE.

Jennifer Boss

Director, National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching & Learning

As the Director of the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning, Jennifer Boss is responsible for leading, overseeing and managing all aspects of the center which provides training and technical assistance for Head Start and Child Care programs serving families and children ages birth through five.

Ms. Boss has 30 years of working in the early childhood field, and deep expertise in Early Head Start and Head Start. She applies her knowledge of young child development, family engagement, home visiting, infant and early childhood mental health, early learning, program management, supervision and leadership to her work. Prior to directing the current center, Ms. Boss served as the Director of the Early Head Start National Resource Center at ZERO TO THREE, a national training and technical assistance center focused on infants and toddlers in Early Head Start programs.

Before joining ZERO TO THREE, Ms. Boss spent several years working as a mental health clinician, providing mental health services to children and families in homes, schools and clinics. Jennifer has co-authored articles and book chapters, as well as conducted numerous trainings on the subject of early childhood development and early childhood mental health. She received a BA from University of Virginia, an MSW from Howard University, and completed post-graduate clinical training at the Yale University Child Study Center and the Washington School of Psychiatry in Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health. Ms. Boss is a member of the World Association of Infant Mental Health.