Alissa Howe

Alissa Howe - Program Engagement Specialist

Program Engagement Specialist

I began working at The Child Care Resource Network in: 2014

Hometown: Lafayette, IN

What inspires me? people who smile at strangers, faith, friends, family, my daughter

Who was my childhood hero? my mom!

Education: Adult and Community Education, M.A., Ball State University

Executive Development and Public Service, M.A., Ball State University

Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs, B.S. // Child Health minor, Purdue University

Favorite book: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Background and Expertise: I've always loved being around young children; even when I was a young child myself. I loved taking care of my younger sister and I especially loved reading to her. It was a natural decision to study early childhood education when I started attending Purdue University. I was able to spend a semester teaching in two different classrooms and also spent a semester working as a Child Life Specialist at Lutheran Children's Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. My first job out of college was at a small ministry child care and I was an assistant teacher. When I returned to Lafayette, I worked as a case manager for children with emotional disabilities. After 2 years as a case manager I became a team leader and lead a team of 15 case managers. After 5 years as a team leader I came to The Child Care Resource Network as the Professional Development Coordinator. Beginning in 2019, I stepped into my current role of Program Engagement Specialist.

Ask me about... opening a child care program, professionalizing your child care program, and I-LEAD (Indiana's Licensing and Education Access Depot)