Melissa Simpson

Melissa Simpson - Professional Development Specialist

Professional Development Specialist

I began working at The Child Care Resource Network in: 2007

Hometown: Crown Point, IN

What inspires me? my family

Who was my childhood hero? my mom

Education: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs, B.S., Purdue University

Favorite vacation destination: My family and I love to visit Disney World!

Background and Expertise: When I first graduated from Purdue I began my career as a lead teacher at Head Start in Muncie.  I only spent one year in Muncie while my husband finished his degree at Ball State.  When we moved back to Lafayette I worked for DCS, breifly, as an investigator.  When I left DCS I started at The Child Care Resource Network as the Inclusion Specialist.  Over the years I have held multiple postions at The Child Care Resource Network.  Other than the Inclusion Specialist, I have been a Paths to QUALITY Coach, CACFP Monitor, Paths to QUALITY Master Coach, Provider Support Specialist, and Professional Development Specialist.   I have always known that I have wanted to work to change the lives of children and their families.

Ask me about... starting a child care business, setting up your environment, assistance with the licensing process, and professional development opportunities related to working with preschool age children.