Charlene P. Jenkins


Associate Director of Infant-Toddler Programs

LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool


Charlene P. Jenkins is the associate director of infant-toddler programs at the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool Infant Toddler Program at Louisiana State University.  She has served as an early childhood consultant, teacher, a teacher's assistant, early head start program center director and manager, and owner/director of a five-star rated child care facility.   Charlene is acertified Pathways trainer, CLASS  certified observer and trainer – toddlers, and trained in the Program for Infant and Toddler Caregivers (PITC)She has visited the infant/toddler programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and brings a wealth of knowledge on this approach to her professional practice.
Selected Publications
Dicarlo, C.F., Baumgartner, J., Ota, C., & Jenkins, C., (2005). Preschool teacher's perceptions of rough and tumble pay vs. aggression in preschool-aged boys, Early Child Development and Care, 185(5-6), 779-790.
Selected Presentations
Jenkins, C. (2016). Art for infants & toddlers. YWCA Early Head Start, Baton Rouge, LA. 
Jenkins, C. (2015). Under the Microscope : Observing young children.. Child Care Association of Louisiana, Port Allen, LA
Jenkins, C., Burnett, L., & Apavaloaie,L. (2009). Character education: The importance of understanding children's family cultures and environments. National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, D.C.