Representative of educators specializing in early childhood development: Chiara Bacigalupa
After earning her BA from UC Santa Cruz in 1987, Chiara started her career in the field of Early Care and Education by working as a preschool teacher at UCLA’s model child care program and earning an M.A. in Educational Psychology at CSU Northridge. Chiara went on to work as a preschool teacher and a community college instructor of child development in Minnesota. In 2005, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. in Education and became an assistant professor at the University of Utah, before moving to Sonoma County in 2007.
Chiara’s past research has focused on quality in child care programs, moral development in young children, and understanding children through the stories they create. More recently, she has focused on improving the quality of ECE programs by creating opportunities for teachers to pursue a college education. In Sonoma County, Chiara has worked collaboratively with the Child Care Planning Council (she currently serves as co-chair), First 5, and Santa Rosa Junior College to increase opportunities for local early childhood teachers to pursue a baccalaureate degree at Sonoma State University.
Chiara and her husband live in Sebastopol; they have two daughters in college.