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Leslie Roesler, Director of Professional Development Dimensions

Leslie Roesler is the Director of Professional Development (PD) Dimensions at Montgomery Early Learning Centers (MELC). With over thirty years of local, state and national experience in supporting early childhood and school-age program quality, Ms. Roesler oversees MELC’s professional development and technical assistance at MELC’s 19 locations. Additionally, she supports external providers through MELC’s contracts with the United Way’s Success by 6, the Southeast Regional Key, and individual programs throughout the region.

Ms. Roesler returns to MELC after most recently serving as the Associate Director for the Pennsylvania Key, where she partnered with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning to provide a statewide system that supports program quality improvements and professional development to the field. Specifically, Ms. Roesler provided oversight to the program assessment, professional development and technical assistance initiatives that supports Keystone STARS. She also served as the co-lead for the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant workforce initiatives and was instrumental in coordinating the development of the Pennsylvania School-Age Professional Credentials.

In 2013, Ms. Roesler was named as a State Afterschool Champion by the Afterschool Alliance for her impact on increasing the quality of PA’s afterschool program and her support for afterschool programs. She was one of 18 state champions from around the country honored by members of Congress and other national afterschool champions for supporting and working on behalf of afterschool programs and the children and families who benefit from quality programs. Ms. Roesler also served on the Pennsylvania 21st Community Learning Center Advisory Board and is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Afterschool and Youth Development Network (PSAYDN).

Ms. Roesler holds a Masters Degree in Human Services Administration and an undergraduate degree in Human Development (concentration in early childhood development), both from Drexel University.

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