Jacquelyn McCroskey is the John Milner Professor of Child Welfare at the University of Southern California School of Social Work and Co-Director of the Children’s Data Network. Her research includes analysis of structure, financing and performance measurement in systems serving children and families, including early care and education, child welfare and juvenile justice.
The focus of her work with county, city and school district policy makers in Los Angeles has been on strategic use of data, evaluation and research to inform policy and guide system changes to improve outcomes for children and families. Her scholarship addresses cross-agency collaboration, program development and improvement, and enhancing relationships between government and community-based organizations.
As a member of the LA Roundtable for Children, she worked on LA County’s first Children’s Budget, helped to create the LA County Children’s Planning Council and represented the Council on First 5 LA between 1999-2009. She now serves on the County’s Commission on Children and Families and the Policy Roundtable for Child Care and Development. In 2003, she was named the “California Social Worker of the Year” by the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.