Jennifer Gilken

Jennifer Gilken

Associate Professor, ECE Program Coordinator
Teacher Education


Office: S-616G

Office Hours: Wed. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Phone: +1 (212) 776-2411

Jennifer Gilken is a professor and researcher living in Brooklyn, NY with her family. She completed her BS in Early Childhood, Childhood and Special Education at Temple University. She completed her Masters in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer Gilken has worked in the field of early childhood for over 20 years. She has been a teacher in Head Start and kindergarten, a director of early childhood programs, and an assistant professor. Currently, she has the privilege of working with pre-service early childhood education students at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City. Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests include examining ways to support the infant toddler workforce, STEM in early childhood education, and investigating methods that support students’ feelings of belonging. Jennifer is the current Vice President of the New York State Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NYSAECTE).


Infant-Toddler Workforce Development

Infant-Toddler Curriculum

Early Intervention/ Early  Childhood Special Education

Student Centered Instruction

Early Childhood Advocacy and Leadership

STEAM in Early Childhood



B.S., Early Childhood, Childhood, and Special Education, Temple University (1994)

M.S.Ed., Early Childhood Education, University of Pennsylvania (1998)

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, The CUNY Graduate Center (2018)

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

Grant #55886-04 02  Early Childhood Research Network:  Institutes of Higher Education in New York State Collaborative Summer Symposium: Supporting early childhood faculty to included infant-toddler content into courses

Grant # 72338-01-10, New York City Early Childhood Research Network: An Exploration of the Infant Toddler Teacher Course Content and Teacher Education Pipeline


Gilken, J., Longley, J., & Crosby, J. (2022). Finding Space for Infants and Toddlers in Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Programs. Early Childhood Education Journal, 1-12.

Gilken, J., Longley, J., & Guirguis, R. (2021). Preparing Preservice Teachers to Promote Mathematical Thinking in Infants, Toddlers, And Preschool-age Children. Journal of Mathematics Education, 13(2), 50-63.–Gilken.pdf

Longley, J.M., & Gilken, J.M.  (2020). Mentoring in early childhood settings: Elements of Effective Relationships.  Dimensions in   Early Childhood.

Gilken, J.M., & Johnson, H. L. (2019). Supporting Belongingness Through Instructional Interventions in         Community  College Classrooms.  Community College Enterprise, vol. 25, no. 1, 2019, p. 32+.

Gilken, J. M. & Johnson, H. L. (2019). Implementing a Peer Feedback Intervention within a Community of Practice     Framework.  Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 1-12.

Longley, J. M., & Gilken, J. M. (2019). Preparing Infant/Toddler Professionals: A Community College’s Perspective.   Occasional Paper Series2019(42), 8.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

Selected for BMCC’s 2019 Faculty Leadership Fellows Program

Selected as a 2020 Exchange Leader, Child Care Exchange Leadership Initiative


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