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Melissa Dahlin

Melissa Dahlin

Melissa is currently an intern in the Early Childhood Policy Department. Her experiences in academics and the field have cultivated a dedication and enthusiasm towards advocating for young children, both domestically and internationally. After hands-on experience with practice and research, she wanted experience in policy and knew CDF would provide an excellent opportunity to see policy in action.

Melissa holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, Irvine, where she also completed her coursework for the California teaching credential. She spent one year at King’s College, London as a study-abroad student in the history department. For five years, she lived in Taiwan and taught English to children of all ages. This exposure to different cultural perspectives on education led her to pursue her Masters of Education in International Educational Development (policy) at Teachers College, Columbia. While she was primarily focused on education in an international context upon entering, a course on early childhood policy in the U.S. made her aware of the complicated and complex state of early childhood systems in the U.S. After she completes her studies in 2012, she would like to pursue a career in early childhood education, either in teaching or in policy.