Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas, Ed.D., MA, is a Regional Field Specialist for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

Earl Thomas

Regional Field Specialist, National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP)

Dr. Thomas provides training and technical assistance nationally to Infant-Toddler Court Program grantees implementing the Safe Babies Court Team approach. Prior to this role he served as a Regional Field Specialist at Zero to Three, in the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning; providing training and technical assistance support to the Chicago Region V Federal Office of Head Start. After 15 years of higher education teaching and scholarship in 2018 he retired from Saint Xavier University with the earned merit of Associate Professor Emeritus of Education.

Thomas has written numerous peer-reviewed published journal articles, 2 books and contributed book chapters to major publications in the field of education. He is a national presenter in the fields of early childhood education and adult education. Prior to joining Saint Xavier University Thomas worked for the Administration for Children and Families Federal Region VII Office of Head Start as a program specialist/infant toddler specialist and directed training and technical assistance in a four- state area: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. Additionally, he served as associate director for Project EAGLE Early Head Start at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Added to his unique experiences is his service at the Missouri Department of Social Services, Division of Family Services, were he developed and implemented the first IV-E Independent Living Program in the state supporting the emancipation of foster care teenagers. His work extends to advocating for equitable education opportunities for the disadvantaged.

Thomas earned his Doctor of Education degree in Adult Education from Kansas State University, Master of Arts in Adult Education and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology both from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. In 2007 he was nationally recognized as “Who’s Who” among American teachers.