Tanika Phinisee

Tanika Phinisee - Program Engagement Specialist

Program Engagement Specialist

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

Hometown: Toledo, OH

What inspires me? my family, my sons and their successes

Education: Child Development and Family Studies, B.S., Purdue University

Favorite hobbies: enjoying sporting events with my children, reading, and spending time with my family

Background and Expertise: I have always loved children even as a young child! As a teen, I used to babysit my little cousins.  I have worked in all areas of child care from homes to centers to ministries.  I owned my own licensed child care home for 12 years and also worked as a lead 2-year-old teacher at one of Purdue's child care programs.  I also taught in our youngest Sunday school classes at church.  My passion is to be able to make a difference whether that is in a child's life or the caregivers that work with them.  I want to see that every child has access to quality child care and the providers are well-equipped with the knowledge to carry out that mission.

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