Speaker

Peg Oliveira, PhD
Executive​ ​Director​, The​ ​Gesell​ ​Institute​ ​of​ ​Child​ ​Development

Dr.​ ​Peg​ ​Oliveira is​ ​the​ ​Executive​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Gesell​ ​Institute​ ​of​ ​Child​ ​Development. She​ ​is​ ​a​ ​developmental​ ​psychologist​ ​with​ ​a​ ​career​ ​in​ ​advocacy​ ​and​ ​social​ ​activism, specifically​ ​on​ ​issues​ ​of​ ​affordable​ ​child​ ​care,​ ​fair​ ​pay​ ​and​ ​paid​ ​family​ ​leave. As​ ​a psychology​ ​undergraduate​ ​Dr.​ ​Oliveira​ ​worked​ ​in​ ​a​ ​Bridgeport​ ​Head​ ​Start​ ​site,​ ​an experience​ ​that​ ​set​ ​her​ ​on​ ​the​ ​path​ ​of​ ​researching​ ​and​ ​advocating​ ​for​ ​essential improvements​ ​in​ ​the​ ​early​ ​care​ ​and​ ​education​ ​system.

Dr.​ ​Oliveira​ ​received​ ​her​ ​doctorate​ ​from​ ​Brandeis​ ​University​ ​and​ ​began​ ​her​ ​career​ ​as​ ​a policy​ ​fellow​ ​with​ ​CT​ ​Voices​ ​for​ ​Children.​ ​For​ ​16​ ​years​ ​she​ ​has​ ​worked​ ​in​ ​with​ ​state agencies,​ ​nonprofit​ ​advocacy​ ​coalitions​ ​and​ ​local​ ​initiatives​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​all​ ​children get​ ​a​ ​high​ ​quality​ ​early​ ​care​ ​experience.

In​ ​addition​ ​Dr.​ ​Oliveira​ ​participates​ ​in​ ​numerous​ ​community​ ​initiatives​ ​including​ ​serving on​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors​ ​of​ ​Calvin​ ​Hill​ ​Day​ ​Care​ ​Center.​ ​She​ ​is also a beloved yoga teacher​ ​in​ ​her​ ​hometown​ ​of​ ​New​ ​Haven, and​ ​is​ ​the​ ​founder​ ​of​ ​108​ ​Monkeys,​ ​a​ ​nonprofit yoga​ ​service​ ​organization.