Jennifer Sykes | Curriculum and Instruction - CDL | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Education and Human Services

Jennifer Sykes

Family Educator

Phone: (618) 453-4775


Office:  Quigley 116 D

875 S. Normal Ave. Mail Code 4633

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, IL  62901


Jennifer Sykes is a Family Educator for the Southern Region Early Childhood Programs.  She works with children and their families in the Infant and Toddler classrooms located at the Child Development Laboratories on the SIUC campus.  Jennifer has held this position since January, 2011 when she began her work with the birth-three programs as a Family Educator/Lead Teacher in the Toddler classroom.  She has been with the Southern Region Early Childhood Programs since 1998 previously working in the Prekindergarten classrooms as a Family Educator.  Jennifer’s compassion and expertise shows in her interactions with the families and through the support and encouragement she provides to each of them. 

Education and Work Experience:

Family Educator Southern Region Infant and Toddler Program February 2011-2016, CDL

Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education May 2007, SIUC

Family Educator Southern Region Early Childhood Programs October 2003-2007, Trico

Prekindergarten Teacher Southern Region Early Childhood Programs 1998-2003, Murphysboro

Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education May 1990, SIUC


Early Childhood Licensure

Elementary Education Licensure

Illinois Director Credential Level 2

ECE Credential Level 5

Infant Toddler Credential Level 4

Illinois Trainers Network-Curricula Trainer

Instructional Interests:

Early Childhood Education

Illinois Early Learning Guidelines

Infant Mental Health

Parent Education using Parents As Teachers curriculum