Dr. Vincent J. Costanza
Chief Academic Officer
Vincent leads company initiatives toward building a systemic approach to research, professional development, formative assessment, and curricular support throughout the B-3rd continuum.
Throughout a career at the intersection of early childhood policy, advocacy and practice, Vincent J. Costanza, Ed.D. has established a reputation as a thought leader in the early education field. He currently serves on the boards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the New Jersey affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NJASCD). Dr. Costanza also served as Vice President of the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS-SDE) and chaired several committees during his tenure as an elected school board member in Robbinsville, NJ.
As a former Americorp member in Trenton, NJ, Dr. Costanza learned the importance of public service. After the life-changing Americorp experience, Dr. Costanza went on to teach kindergarten in the district and later worked at the National Institute for Early Education research (NIEER) at Rutgers University while completing doctoral studies. Dr. Costanza’s doctoral work focused on leveraging professional learning communities to solve the problems of practice faced by preschool teachers as they used formative assessment in NJ’s nationally recognized “Abbott” preschool program.
This work with preschool teachers not only introduced Dr. Costanza to the pacesetting early childhood work conducted by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), but gave Dr. Costanza a sense that high quality must be realized throughout the entire early learning spectrum, including the primary years of schooling. Of the numerous roles that Dr. Costanza held during his tenure at the NJDOE, he most recently led the Division of Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement, which served as the steward for all B-3rd programing in NJDOE.
Dr. Costanza lives in Robbinsville, NJ with his wife Alicia, daughter Sophia, and lovable cats, Vito and Vinny. When not advocating for children and families throughout this country, Dr. Costanza enjoys family dinners and reading “Tween-lit” with his tween Sophia.