Ms Kimberly Friddell

Director, Office of Preschool Education
New Jersey Department of Education
100 Riverview Plaza
PO Box 500
United States


Kimberly Friddell has served as the Director of Preschool Education at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) since October 2019. This is her second time at the NJDOE. She served as a Program Specialist and Manager in the Division of Early Childhood Education from 1998-2001 and was part of the team that developed the infrastructure of the Former Abbott Preschool programs.
As Director, Kim and her team are responsible for the implementation of State Funded Preschool programs. The Preschool Team develops and reviews annual operational plans and budgets, engages districts in a Self-Assessment process, delivers seminars and professional development, updates regulations, Preschool Standards as well as conducts curricula reviews. Staff also visit school districts to observe and provide feedback on the implementation of programs.
In the time between roles at the NJDOE, Kim was the Executive Director of Inspira Health’s IMPACT Program. IMPACT provided programs that served children and families in Cumberland County, NJ. Programs included a NAEYC accredited child care program, Early Intervention, School Based Youth Service Programs at middle and high schools, Parent Linking Program (adolescent pregnancy), County Council for Young Children and Family Success Centers.
Kimberly holds a BA in Criminal Justice from The American University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Marymount University and has taken Educational Leadership courses at Rowan University that lead to the issuance of Elementary Teacher, Principal and Chief School Administrator certificates. In her career, she has also served as a preschool teacher, Federal Child Care Center Director, elementary teacher and an adjunct professor of Early Childhood Education.


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