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Melissa’s Background & Experience



  • 2014- B.A. Child Development, Walden University, National Honor Society, Honor Roll
  • 2009- A.A.S Early Childhood Education, Saint Paul College, Honor Roll


2016-Present: Educator- Achieve- Minnesota Center for Professional Development (MNCPD)

Melissa educates Family Child Care Providers, Center Staff, and Parents in the evenings and on weekends. Classes that Melissa teaches:

  • Love & Logic: Avoiding Power Struggles
  • Love & Logic: Handling Misbehavior Without Breaking a Sweat
  • Love & Logic: Limits Create Happier Parents, Happier Kids, Happier Families
  • Love & Logic: Teaching Kids To Listen…The First Time
  • Love & Logic: What to Do When Your Kids Leave You Speechless
  • Partnering With Parents From The Beginning
  • Building Strong Relationships with Families
  • The More You Connect, The Less You Correct
  • Supervising For Safety
  • Health & Safety- Family Child Care
  • Preschoolers: Understanding and Preventing Challenging Behaviors
  • Infants and Toddlers: Supporting the Social Emotional Climate in the Child Care Setting
  • Infants and Toddlers: Targeted Strategies to Build Social Emotional Skills
  • Understanding Behavior:  Making Sense of What you See and Hear    
  • Infants and Toddlers: A Relationship-based Approach to Challenging Behaviors – Examining Behaviors
  • Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families: Nurturing and Supporting Social Emotional Development
  • Discover Your Strengths, Grow Your Program
  • ECIPs- Early Childhood Indicators of Progress


  • DCFCCA- Dakota County Family Child Care Association
  • SCFLCCA- Scott County Licensed Family Child Care Association
  • Achieve- Minnesota Center for Professional Development
  • NAEYC- National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • MCCPIN- Minnesota Child Care Provider Information Network
  • Provider’s Choice Inc.


  • Board Member of Dakota County Family Child Care Association
    • Website Coordinator- 2019-Present
    • Mentor Coordinator- 2013-2015
    • Fundraiser Coordinator- 2011-2013
  • Mentor for child care providers with DCFCCA
  • Sunday School Volunteer, Hosanna Lutheran Church
  • Wednesday Night Halo Volunteer, Hosanna Lutheran Church
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