Michele Rogers, Ph.D. is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Early Learning Institute. Ms. Rogers has her PhD in psychology with an emphasis in early childhood mental health/neurobiology. She worked for several years on Sonoma County’s Early Childhood Mental Health task force, focusing primarily on creating a system of care for children 0-5 that includes social-emotional supports. Ms. Rogers is a certified childbirth educator andlactation specialist; has been NCAST certified at the research level and completed a Fellowship in the UMass Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program (Napa site). She serves on the public policy committee of the Infant Development Association, on the steering committee for the national Home Visiting Applied Research project (HARC) and on First 5 Sonoma’s Professional Community Advisory committee. Ms. Rogers is also an established trainer for the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (Screening tool), and a frequent speaker on Leadership, Staff Development and Executive Management topics. The Early Learning Institute was a key site for California First Five’s Special Needs Project and is currently a Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative site. In celebration of all these efforts, Ms. Rogers was recently honored as the 2014 Sonoma County Champion for Children by the Community Child Care Counsel.
“If not me, who? If not now, when?” – Mikhail Gorbachev
Kelly Burt has been working with young children since the tender age of 24 and has been a member of the Group Program at Early Learning Institute for 15 years. By her picture she either looks very old for a 37-year old or she has been working in a variety of venues for a very long time. (hint: the latter. I have worked in the preschool environment, with elementary school-aged children, as well as, after-school care.)
While in the classrooms, Kelly not only provides information for families regarding child development and parenting perspectives, she also shares her passions–art, music, literature, science and gardening–with the children. She is also a member of ELI’s Tech ‘n Tots program and enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with her colleagues to tweak or create low-tech/high-tech materials.
She looks forward to expanding ELI’s preschool program in the upcoming year!