Alecia Jackson

Early Education Division Director, Maricopa County Human Services

Alecia Jackson

Early Education Division Director, Maricopa County Human Services

Biography

Alecia Jackson, Assistant Director of the Early Education Division, holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has a long and varied career spanning more than 20 years working with programs and agencies serving children with special needs and families experiencing poverty and other risk factors. Alecia is currently serving as the Region 9 Head Start (HS) Association’s Vice President. She oversees more than 14 million dollars of Federal funds to ensure that over 1,000 children ages Birth to Five are provided the best opportunity for school success. Ms. Jackson has been a Grantee Performance Support Specialist and Early Childhood Specialist in the training and technical assistance network through the Office of Head Start. Ms. Jackson‘s work history includes time spent with an early childhood center located in a Native American Community, working with infants and toddlers with disabilities, and several advisory groups as a subject matter expert. Alecia joined the Maricopa County Human Services Department Early Education Division in 2011 as the Child Development and Health Manager. Since assuming the Assistant Director position in 2014, Alecia has: led the program’s planning and implementation for the restoration of sequestered funds; successfully moving the program to a 5 year project period grant through a competitive process, Ms. Jackson has also led the Division in embracing technology through enhanced electronic record keeping system, smart phone app to promote parent engagement, and the roll out of a Virtual Desk Top Interface system for a mobile workforce. During her leadership at Maricopa County, the Early education Division has; expanded inclusion services for children with disabilities; and successfully applied for and received EHS-Child Care Partnership Grants of 3.5 million dollars. Alecia participated in the successful design, development, and implementation of the 2-Generation model of services for the Maricopa County Human Services Department These 2-gen approaches have strengthen the collaboration of services and systems across the Human Service systems. Ms.. Jackson is a passionate and skilled early childhood leader who lives the motto “Fortune Favors the Bold and Prepared”