Dr. Chaya Kulkarni leads the development and implementation of curriculum at Invest in Kids to support professionals working with others who influence the lives of children birth to age five. She also provides content for the Get Set For Life program with a monthly column in Canadian Living and Coup de pouce magazines.
After receiving her B.A.A. from Ryerson University in 1987, Dr. Kulkarni attained her Masters and Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto. She has spent over a decade working in the field of children’s services, beginning her career at the Downsview Child Care Center in 1990 as the Executive Director where she was responsible for the programs and management of a licensed center used by 50 area families. Dr. Kulkarni also spent years as a lecturer at Ryerson University and the Canadian Mothercraft Society, an organization that provides educational and support programs for mothers and their children.
From 1992 to 1997, Dr. Kulkarni served as the Senior Policy Analyst and Researcher for the Office of the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park where she was able to influence and inform practices surrounding early childhood care and education. For over a decade, Dr. Kulkarni has been an effective and fervent facilitator for numerous training seminars as well as serving on a variety of boards and associations in the children’s services sector. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors for Nobody’s Perfect Ontario Branch and is on the Board of Advisors for the Canadian Child Care Federation Review of Literature on Brain Development.
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