1988 Graduate Ana Berdecia

Senior Fellow/Director,
The Center for the Positive Development of Urban Children,
Thomas Edison State College

5-26-09

Ana I. Berdecia, M.Ed. is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for the Positive Development of Urban Children at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison State College.

After earning her AA degree at Mercer, Berdecia continued her education at The College of New Jersey. She earned her BA in sociology with a minor in women's studies, and her master's in education with a specialization in early childhood. She holds a New Jersey Standard Teaching Certificate in preschool through 3rd grade and has completed a post-graduate certificate in infant mental health from Seton Hall University.

In her current position she focuses on bridging the voices of teachers, practitioners, parents and guardians to policy initiatives in New Jersey that impact the health, well-being, and educational outcomes of children and families. Prior to joining the college Berdecia served as the executive director of the Puerto Rican Community Day Care Center, Inc. in Trenton, New Jersey. She has extensive experience working with diverse families and children as an administrator, program developer, trainer, and consultant.

Ana Berdecia, 1988
Humanities and Social Sciences major

Also an adjunct faculty member at Mercer, Berdecia teaches Introduction to Early Childhood Education and Infant/Toddler Development. She serves on numerous boards and committees concerned with early childhood education and human services.

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