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Our Story

"We would like to serve more children but don't have enough staff...It's hard to find help when needed." When you hear the same story repeatedly, you begin to ask yourself, “What can I do to change things? Where do I start?” So, we started with what we knew - education and children - and created a business.

Nelson Early Learning Services is a Black-woman-owned company that keeps children and education at the heart of everything we do. Nelson was intentionally designed by our founder Shauna Goldman to be a support system for educational settings and institutions to ensure every program has high-quality and effective staff to work with our most vulnerable and underrepresented children.

Fun Fact: The name of the company is derived from the childhood storybook Ms. Nelson Is Missing by James Marshall. 

Since our inception in 2017, we have expanded our support to match the ever-growing need for more equitable services and resources to best support young children and the community. 


Nelson Early Learning Services strives to be a change agent and empower educators and families with the tools necessary to support our youngest learners. We bring comprehensive services and professional development to early childhood programs, educators, and families.

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About the Founder

Shauna Goldman is the Founder and Director of Nelson Early Learning Services. Her passion for education and early care inspired her to start this company to support the growing need for quality educators and programs that serve our youngest learners.

Shauna has a track record of advocating for all children ensuring they get the most adequate education they deserve. She began her career as an Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA) Therapist working in Fairfax County Public Schools. Upon earning her BA in Psychology and M.Ed in Instruction and Curriculum Development, she continued to champion for our youngest learners as an Instructional Specialist for District of Columbia Public Schools, and Early Learning Specialist supporting infants and toddlers in Child Development homes across the District of Columbia. She is currently an Adjunct Professor teaching special education to current and future early childhood educators. She is a Certified Trainer in Washington, DC, a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Coalition of Adult Basic Education.


In her leisure time, she enjoys organizing, gardening, and traveling with her husband, two toddler sons, and marketing manager/daughter. 

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Meet the Team

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