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Jenna Bilmes has more than 20 years experience in the field of early childhood education.

Jenna has taught toddlers and preschoolers in inclusive settings, directed a nonprofit childcare center, and served as a mental health consultant for Southwest Human Development. She has 13 years of experience consulting for Department of Defense Dependent Schools early childhood programs, WestEd, Sonoma State University/California Institute on Human Services, Sopris West Educational Services, and Teaching Strategies. Along with consulting, Jenna currently develops training materials and online courses for early childhood educators in the areas of English Language Development and early learning standards and teaching strategies.

While serving as the Director for a child care center, Jenna secured and administered on-site programs for the Arizona Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Mesa Early Intervention Program and over $80,000 in block grants increasing the capacity to serve at-risk children in the local community year round. Working with the education department at Arizona State University, she supervised a student teacher who created and taught an on-site full-day kindergarten program and won the Student Teacher of the Year award.

She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Valley of the Sun Association for the Education of Young Children (VSAEYC). She has presented sessions for early childhood professionals at NAEYC, NAEYC Professional Development Institute, and the Association for Young Children Europe, in addition to other consultation and training projects in Tokyo, Minnesota, Wyoming, New Jersey, New York, Washington State, Iowa, Arizona, and Arkansas for school districts and Head Start regions.

Jenna received a BS in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MLS from State University of New York at Buffalo. She conducted postgraduate work in educational technology and early childhood education at Arizona State University and is enrolled as a doctoral student at Walden University, studying socio-cultural early childhood education.

Books authored and co-authored by Jenna.

Beyond Behavior Management Why do children do the things they do? What can teachers do to manage it all? While there is not a simple method for understanding and managing all behaviors or all children, teachers can give young children the social and emotional tools needed to grow and thrive on their own. Developed and tested in the classroom, Beyond Behavior Management, Second Edition, is a strength-based approach to guiding and managing young children's behavior by helping them build and use essential life skills—attachment, collaboration, self-regulation, adaptability, contribution, and belonging—into the daily life of the early childhood classroom. As a result, children will learn to exhibit more pro-social behaviors, work better as a community, and become excited and active learners.  Published by Redleaf Press.

psych disorders Promote the mental health of preschool children in your care by providing nurturing environments and relationships.Common Psychological Disorders in Young Children is an easy-to-use guide that will help you recognize and cope with the symptoms and behaviors associated with ADHD, autism, anxiety, and other disorders you may face. Learn to notice behaviors that may require referral for diagnostic screening, and better understand how you can help the child learn, even without a formal diagnosis. Co-authored with Dr. Tara Welker. Published by Redleaf Press. 


Helping Children Rebound Both the preschool and infant/toddler versions of this booklet present teaching strategies to support young children and their families who have experienced hurricanes and other disasters. Although young children do not fully understand the devastating events of storms and other disasters, they sense when their primary caregivers are stressed, anxious, and depressed. These booklets focus on strategies for building the responsive relationships that help children rebound. The books also have suggestions on ways to create warm, nurturing environments and a variety of healing experiences. Co-authored with Cate Heroman. Published by Teaching Strategies.


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