Jennifer M. Longley

Professor Jennifer Longley

Associate Professor
Teacher Education


Office: S-615C

Office Hours: Spring 2019 Tuesday 12:30 PM -3:30 PM

Phone: +1 (212) 220-1321

I am teacher, researcher, and community activist born and raised outside of Baltimore, MD. In 1993 I moved to New York City and worked with infants, toddlers, and families for more than 20 years. Since fall 2015, I have had the pleasure of learning from and with the teacher candidates and colleagues in the Teacher Education Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) – CUNY. I have the privilege of collaborate with members of Mayor Mike Spano’s LGBTQ Advisory Board (appointed); the Yonkers Basics Advisory Board; Basics Learning Network; NYS Association for the Education of Young Children board (elected) and NY ACCESS (President). I live in Yonkers with my wife, foster children, and dogs.


My research interests include infant-toddler workforce development and creating inclusive and welcoming early childhood environments.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Infant/ toddler development and curriculum
  • Infant/ Toddler workforce development
  • Pre-service infant/toddler teacher development
  • Family-centered programming
  • Early Intervention for infants/ toddlers with disabilities


B.A., Deaf Education and Social Sciences, Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL

M.S.Ed.,Infant/Parent Development and Early Intervention, Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY

Ed.D., Education Leadership, Management, and Policy, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

Professional Staff Congress-CUNY Research Award Program (2021) Exploration of Infant-Toddler Teacher Certification in the US, $3,500 funded 6/1/2021-6/1/2022

Early Childhood Research Network (2021) Institutes of Higher Education in New York State Collaborative Summer Symposium $30,000 funded 2/1/2021-6/1/2022

NYC Early Childhood Research Network (2018) Examining Infant/Toddler Curriculum and the Infant/Toddler Teacher Pipeline in NYS Undergraduate Early Childhood Programs, $84,350 funded 12/1/2018-3/31/2020

CUNY Teacher Education Algebra for All Grant (2019). Developing algebraic concepts through inclusive practices in early childhood preservice teachers, $15,000 funded 6/1/2019-6/1/2020


Longley, J. M., & Gilken, J. (in press). Essential elements of infant curriculum: Individualizing routines and partnering with families. Young Children. (conditionally accepted 1/13/2023).

Kronen, C., Garte, R. & Longley J. M. (2022). Creating a Professional Development School. School-University Partnerships, 15(2),60-70.

Guirguis, R. & Longley, J. M. (2022). Creating preservice teachers’ playful mindsets and dispositions towards play in the US. In E. Loizou & J. Trawick-Smith (Eds.). Teacher Play Pedagogy. The European Early Childhood Education Research Association and Routledge.

Gilken, J., Longley, J. M., Crosby, J., (2022) Finding spaces for infants and toddlers in early childhood teacher preparation programs. Early Childhood Education Journal.

Gilken, J., Longley, J. M., & 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.

Longley, J. M. & Craigo, L. (2021). Exploration of preservice teacher attitudes towards disability. Community College Journal of Research and Practice

Guirguis, R. V. & Longley, J. M. (2021). Play and trauma in young children during a pandemic. Dimensions of Early Childhood Education, 49(1), 24-27.

Longley, J. M. (2020). Finding my voice. In J. Sablan & J. A. Van Galen (Eds.). Amplified voices, intersecting identities: First-gen PhD’s navigating institutional power in early academic careers. Boston, MA: Brill.

Longley, J. (2020). Embracing LGBTQ staff in early childhood programs. Young Children, 75(2), 66-73

Longley, J. & Gilken, J. (2020). Mentoring in early childhood settings: Elements of effective relationships. Dimensions of Early Childhood Education, 48(1), 17-21.

Longley, J. & Gilken, J. (2019). Preparing infant-toddler professionals: A community college’s perspective. Occasional Paper Series, (42). occasional-paper-series/vol2019/iss42/8 Pre

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

Board Memberships
NY ACCESS (President)
NY Association for the Education of Young Children Board (elected)
Yonkers Mayor Spano’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Board (appointed)

Basics Learning Network
National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators
National Association for the Education of Young Children
NY Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators
The Association for the Study of Play
Yonkers Basics Advisory Board
Zero to Three

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