Jeanada H. Nolan, a veteran administrator of child development and preschool education programs in California, died Dec. 15 of pneumonia, her family said. She was 96 and lived in Sacramento.
Mrs. Nolan devoted four decades of public service to creating educational opportunities for children.
In 1971, she was appointed by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Wilson C. Riles to coordinate a task force assigned to create a master plan for preschool education in California.
She previously led the state Bureau of Preschool Education Programs and was director of Head Start for Sacramento City schools.
Starting as a Fresno County social worker in 1935, she became a leading expert on childhood development and education. She toured schools and child care centers in Europe and participated in Head Start planning meetings in Washington. She trained teachers, served on state advisory committees and was active in professional groups.
Born to a plumber and a homemaker in Fresno in 1915, Jeanada Hamilton "made her own way in life," said her daughter-in-law, Sue Nolan. She had a son during a brief marriage that ended in divorce and worked her way through school to graduate from Fresno State College.
She married and had a son with her second husband, Tom Nolan. She earned a master's degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a doctorate from Union Graduate School. She was active in Soroptimist International and was a Crocker Art Museum docent.
Mrs. Nolan was predeceased by her husband and her son, Jay Nolan. She is survived by her son, Thomas Nolan of Palo Alto; a brother, Robert Hamilton; and three grandchildren.
A service is set for 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, 2425 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento. Donations in memory of Mrs. Nolan may be made to any charity.