Hello Parents! My name is Melinda Cole and I am the executive director of Carousel Play & Learn Center. Children have always been a huge part of my life. I began my dream of working with children in 2008 when I accepted a lead teacher position at a child care center. The talented teaching staff taught me about caring for children and how to better myself as a teacher. From there, I graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, as well as completing my CDA credential. Through my studies I was able to further develop my understanding of child development and how to implement developmentally appropriate practice in the classroom. I have had the privilege of working several years as a preschool teacher and lead teacher in a a child care center. As a continuous learner, I have made a pledge to myself that I will continue teaching children with the hope of bettering their education paths. As an educator and a mother of two, I am aware of how much parents want a nurturing, loving and caring learning environment for their child in their absence. At Carousel, the teaching staff and I strive to create a safe environment where children feel valued and loved for who they are as individuals. We are helping little feet take giant steps by providing our children with unique learning experiences that motivate them intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. It gives us great pleasure knowing that we play an intricate part in their learning. I look forward to working with you and providing care and education for your child.