Michele Rogers

Vice Chair

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Ms. Rogers is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Early Learning Institute, a county-wide agency focusing on developmental and social-emotional screening, early intervention, parent support and linkage to services for children with special needs. Ms. Rogers possesses a PhD in psychology with an emphasis in early childhood mental health/neurobiology from the University of Colorado, Denver. She was a key stakeholder 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 also a certified childbirth educator and lactation specialist; has been NCAST certified at the research level and completed a Fellowship in the UMass Boston/Harvard 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 Council (HARC) and is a long time member of First 5 Sonoma’s Professional Community Advisory committee. 

Ms. Rogers is also an established trainer for the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (Developmental 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.