Jean has spent the last 14+ years working in the early childhood health and safety field as a public health professional. In the early part of her career she managed a national health and safety curriculum for state-based child care health consultants to ensure that the children in care are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. For the past seven years, Ms. Cimino has been co-managing the Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition publication, a set of 686 Standards that represent the best evidence, expertise, and experience in the country on quality health and safety practices and policies that should be followed in today’s early care and education settings, thereby primarily focusing on children ages 0-5. Woven throughout this publication are standards on early social and emotional health and development.
Through these two positions, Ms. Cimino has provided training and technical assistance to a variety of early childhood stakeholder groups, including but not limited to caregivers/teachers, families, health care professionals, licensing professionals/regulators, national private organizations, policymakers, State Departments of Education and local school administrators, States and localities who fund subsidized care and services for income-eligible families, and faculty researchers.
Ms. Cimino was hired as CoAIMH’s Endorsement Coordinator in February 2016 to coordinate and support the rapid growth of the IMH-E® across the state.