UCI School of Education
Jade Jenkins

Jade V. Marcus Jenkins

Assistant Professor
School of Education

Email: jvjenkin@uci.edu
phone: 949.824.7987
office: Education 2052

Website: http://jademjenkins.strikingly.com?

Research Description

Jade Marcus Jenkins is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education. Dr. Jenkin's work focuses on early childhood policy and is multidisciplinary, extending through education, economics, developmental psychology, political science, public health, neuroscience, and sociology. Her research integrates these perspectives but focuses on issues that are amenable to policy intervention, and uses diverse methods to evaluate program effects and causal inferences.

From 2013-2015 Dr. Jenkins was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the School of Education’s Irvine Network for Interventions in Development (INID). Her projects examined the differential effects of participating in age-three and -four Head Start programs in combination with public pre-kindergarten (age four) education programs; the individual and aggregate effects of kindergarten ‘Redshirting’ (i.e. delayed kindergarten entry); the effects of breastfeeding exclusivity on child cognitive and health outcomes; state-level approaches to early childhood policy management and governance and their effects on children’s preschool and kindergarten outcomes; parenting behaviors and parent characteristics and how they combine to influence early childhood development; different components of socioeconomic status and how it relates to differences in children’s brain structure and cognition.


Jade grew up in New York, and received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Florida in Family, Youth and Community Sciences, and Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her Master's focus was in community development and poverty reduction. After the M.S. program, Jade worked in Florida’s early childhood care and education system. This firsthand experience in policy implementation was her primary motivation to pursue a Ph.D. in public policy and specialize in early childhood development to learn how to evaluate and develop policies that provide support for families with young children and reduce poverty in the long-term.


Jenkins, J.M. (2014). Early childhood development as economic development: Considerations for state-level policy innovation and experimentation. Economic Development Quarterly,28(1).

Jenkins, J.M., Foster, E.M. (2014). The effects of breastfeeding exclusivity on early childhood outcomes. American Journal of Public Health, 104(2). 

Jenkins, J.M., Woolley, D., Hooper, S., De Bellis, M.D. (2013). Direct and indirect effects of brain volume, socioeconomic status and family stress on child IQ. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 1(2).