Local Child Care Consultant Recognized for Accomplishments
Melissa Davis was recently recognized by the National Association for Family Child Care.
Melissa Davis didn't know when she opened Little Blessings Family Preschool and Consulting in Dacula back in 1993 that she would operate the business for the next 11 years and she certainly didn't know that in 2012 she would be honored for her accomplishments in strengthening family child care.
Davis decided to leave her bank job and open Little Blessings Family Preschool and Consulting in Dacula when her own family child care provider announced it was moving and her efforts to find another quality caregiver failed.
Davis operated her Dacula based business from April of 1993 to May of 2004 when she joined the Child Licensing Section of the Georgia Department of Human Resources. Later that year when Governor Sonny Perdue created the agency Bright from the Start, Davis became a Child Care Consultant and was soon promoted to Lead Consultant.
Currently Davis is sharing her expertise with other child care providers while serving as a Program Evaluation and Development Specialist with Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Davis was recently awarded the Ruby Bruson Community Advocate Award from the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).
“We are very proud of Melissa and her passion for the health, safety and quality education of Georgia’s youngest learners,” said DECAL Commissioner Bobby Cagle. “She is helping create a unique culture at DECAL of serving children, parents, teachers and providers and her passion comes through with every interaction. I join in the applause for this outstanding achievement.”
Davis stated in recent press release, "I don't feel I've done anything special that any one of us at Bright from the Start isn’t doing for our customers. I once heard a speaker say that we should find people we respect and admire and emulate their qualities. I've put that advice to use and have tried to adopt those habits I saw in others that I wanted for myself.”
“I love being a witness to and documenting the good things providers are doing in their programs to promote healthy child development,” Davis explained. “It's important that providers are validated and encouraged for their work and I enjoy being a resource to help them achieve higher goals of helping families.”