Jennifer Baquedano is an Associate Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. She primarily works on the Home Visiting Program Quality Assessment Project, assisting in conducting evaluations of early childhood home visiting programs in Illinois funded by the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). Her work involves using multiple assessment techniques to learn and report on how home visitors approach their work with families and how program directors understand the role of their program in the community and the homes of their families. This information is fed back to programs for their review and their use in program improvement efforts.
Before working at Chapin Hall, Baquedano worked as a Program Associate for Erikson Institute. She was involved in several projects supporting continuous quality and growth in federal and state-funded early childhood programming. In addition, she was involved in several projects using various qualitative methods and served as a cultural consultant exploring home childcare services within the U.S. Other previous work involved an international project with a research team at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. She conducted training home visiting communication methods using qualitative measures while investigating their cross-cultural use. Baquedano has taught on Cultural Informed Practices for early childhood programming in Minnesota. She has also been involved in several community-level racial healing and equity programs within Chicago under the Latino Policy Forum’s Multicultural Leadership Academy. Baquedano remains a child advocate (guardian ad litem) volunteer for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, supporting unaccompanied minors in Illinois immigration detention centers.
Baquedano obtained her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders at Northern Illinois University, her Master of Science in Child Development at the Erikson Institute, and a Master of Jurisprudence in Children’s Law and Policy at Loyola University – Chicago.
Baquedano, J. (2021, April). Put it into practice: Cultural sensitivity and responsiveness. Virtual presentation for Put It into Practice Series, Child Care Aware of Minnesota.
Korfmacher, J., Baquedano, J., & Reznicek, E. (2021, June). Multi-method assessment of home visiting program quality. Virtual poster presented at the MIECHV State, Territory, and Tribal Home Visiting All-Grantee Meeting.
Baquedano, J. (2020, November). Motivating growth in a child’s native language. Virtual presentation for the Bilingual Advisory Committee at Chicago Public Schools.
Baquedano, J., & Frese, M. (2019, April) Home visitors in Illinois. Poster presented at the Erikson Institute Poster Symposium, Chicago, IL.
Baquedano, J., & Harles, B. (2017, December). Illinois Prevention Initiative compliance. Workshop presented at the ISBE Prevention Initiative Forum, Springfield, IL.
Porter, T., Bromer, J., Melvin, S., Ragonese-Barnes, M., Baquedano, J., & Molloy, P. (2020). Proveedores de Cuidado Infantil Familiar: Héroes Desconocidos en la Crisis de COVID-19. Chicago, IL: Herr Research Center, Erikson Institute.