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Dr. Jessie Wong is the Programme Leader for Early Childhood Education (Distance-learning) at the School of Education and Languages, Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU), overseeing a range of programmes at the sub-degreeundergraduate, and postgraduate levels. She is also a SOLmate of the School of Open Learning, HKMU. With a wealth of experience, Dr. Wong has previously held positions such as World General Secretary of the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) and Communication and Research Officer for the Victoria Educational Organisation. Currently, she serves as the Secretary of the Hong Kong branch of OMEP.

Dr. Wong is a passionate advocate for children’s rights globally and in Hong Kong, and her research focuses on early childhood development and education policy. Her work in this area has been recognised by the Faculty Development Scheme of the Hong Kong Research Grant Council, which has awarded her two grants, and she has published her research findings in prestigious academic journals. In recognition of her outstanding research contributions, Dr. Wong was awarded the Gold Prize for HKMU’s Outstanding Research Publication Award in 2023.

Dr. Wong’s impressive academic record includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Specialisation in Computing (Cum Laude) from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master of Social Work (Distinction), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education Policy from The University of Hong Kong. She received the Hong Kong SAR Government Scholarship for her doctoral studies and is a Registered Social Worker in Hong Kong. 

Research interests

  • Early Childhood Education Policies
  • International Comparisons of Early Childhood Development and Education
  • Professionalism of Educators
  • Child Studies


BA(Cum Laude) [UCLA], MSW(Distinction) [HKU], PhD [HKU], RSW



Programme Leadership

  • Three-credit-unit System (Distance-learning)
    • Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (MEDUECE)
    • Bachelor of Education with Honours in Early Childhood Education (Leadership and Special Educational Needs) (BEDECELSH, with BEDECESEN and BEDECEEL)
    • Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (HDECE)
  • Five-credit System (Distance-learning)
    • Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (MEDECE)
    • Bachelor of Education with Honours in Early Childhood Education (Leadership and Special Educational Needs) (BEDHECELS)
    • Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education (Special Educational Needs) (BEDECESEN)
    • Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education (BEDECE)
    • Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Special Educational Needs) (HDECESEN)
    • Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE)

Externally-Funded Projects

Principal Investigator

  • 01/2022-06/2024, Faculty Development Scheme, Research Grants Council
    • Developing a National Identity in Young Children: Values and Practices of Kindergartens, Local Chinese and Non-Chinese Families of Different Backgrounds in Hong Kong (UGC/FDS16/H17/21; HK$647,550)
  • 12/2020-06/2022, Funding Programme of Research Projects on Equal Opportunities 2020/21, Equal Opportunities Commission
    • Admitting Ethnic Minority Kindergarteners: Overcoming Challenges and Identifying Opportunities (R-2020/21-116; HK$59,170)
  • 01/2019-06/2021, Faculty Development Scheme, Research Grants Council
    • The Development of Kindergarten Practitioners’ Professional Identity under the Free Kindergarten Education Policy in Hong Kong (UGC/FDS16/H07/18; HK$784,745)


  • 12/2018-04/2020, Quality Education Fund, Hong Kong Education Bureau
    • Traditional Chinese Culture Education Kindergarten Teacher Training Programme  (2017/0422; HK$582,600)


Internally-Funded Projects


  • 12/2021-11/2022, Financial Support for Pilot Work for Resubmission of Promising FDS Proposals, Hong Kong Metropolitan University
    • A Study on the Use of Digital Skills for Pre-service Early Childhood Teachers  (PFDS/2021/04; HK$149,750)





  • Editorial Board Member, Research on Preschool and Primary Education [2022-Present]
  • External Advisor, Applied Learning – Child Care and Development Programme — Caritas Institute of Community Education [2020-Present]
  • External Examiner, Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education Programme — Caritas Institute of Higher Education [2018-Present]
  • Executive Committee Secretary — World Organization for Early Childhood Education-Hong Kong (OMEP-Hong Kong) [2020-Present] [Executive Committee Member 2016-Present]
  • Executive Committee Member — Hong Kong Child-Rity Association [2018-2023]
  • Review Committee Member — The Asian Conference on Education [2019, 2022]
  • Senior Reviewer — The Southeast Asian Conference on Education 2020
  • Reviewer — Early Years [2022]; Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education [2022]; Academia Letters [2021-2022]; Asia Pacific Education Review [2021]; Child Care in Practice [2021]; Early Childhood Education Journal [2020-2021, 2023]; Journal of Research in Childhood Education [2020]; Springer Book Series [2020]; Children and Youth Services Review [2017, 2019]; International Journal of Early Years Education [2017]; International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy [2016-2017, 2019-2022]

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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