OUR CHILDREN, OUR FUTURE
Creating an environment with the highest level of quality in child care and early learning for families and providers, utilizing global best practices.
The JAM Team Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The Driving Force
The JAM Team will be a driving force in realizing Dr. Miller’s vision that all parents should be able to go to work every day knowing that their children are cared for and receiving the best early childhood education and child care possible, preparing them for grades K-12 and beyond.
State-of-the-Art Early Childhood Education & More
The JAM Team will accomplish this vision through a number of initiatives. For example, during the pandemic, the foundation provided gap funding to assist families who were struggling to pay their child care costs. Currently, the foundation is implementing a substitute pool platform to assist early childhood education facilities with the current staffing crisis. Future projects on the horizon include establishing “Miracle Micro-Centers” in communities who need access to 24/7 high-quality family child care homes.
Northwest Institute of Research
The JAM Team Foundation is a part of the Northwest Institute of Research (NWIR). More information about NWIR can be found here.
Dr. Joyce A. Miller, Ph.D.
Dr. Joyce A. Miller, Ph.D. was a renowned sociologist, researcher and one of Pennsylvania’s leading experts on early childhood education. Joyce passed away on December 25, 2020, her 70th birthday, after a two-year battle with Glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer.
Joyce believed that affordable, high-quality early childhood education was a key part of community development and workforce readiness. She founded the JAM Team Foundation to draw attention to the importance of high-quality early childhood education in the development of our future workforce and to help realize her vision that all parents should be able to go to work every day knowing that their children are cared for and receiving the best early childhood education and child care possible, preparing them for grades K-12 and beyond.
Joyce graduated from Edinboro University in 1971 and earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Kent State University in 1982. In 1980, Joyce established the KeyStone Research Corporation (KSRC), a research and consulting organization, and served as its president. She also founded the Northwest Institute of Research, a non-profit research and social services corporation which manages The Child Care Works (CCW) subsidized child care program for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, operating as grantee for Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 1, serving Erie, Crawford, Mercer, and Venango Counties.
Joyce also had a long career in academia. She was a professor of sociology at Villa Maria College and Gannon University from 1978 through 1999. Additionally, she served as Associate Provost at Gannon University from 1995 through 1997.
Joyce was very active in the Erie community, serving on many committees over the years, including: Athena Powerlink, Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership, Erie Women’s Fund, Manufacturer & Business Association, and SafeNet, to name a few.
Traveling was another passion of Joyce’s. She traveled the world and lived in Bangkok, Thailand, where she completed a three-month Peace Fellowship at the Chulalongkorn University through the Rotary Peace Center. She was also involved in People to People International, which took her on many different adventures. She also undertook the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro a few years before her brain cancer diagnosis.