Jessica's knowledge and experience with children stretches back well into her own childhood. In high school she took several years of child development courses, which included working in the child development lab preschool. In college, as part of her major in psychology, she took several classes in child psychology as well as more classes on child development. She spent time working in a local preschool, working as a nanny, tutoring inner city children, and working in a special needs school as a counselor. These various jobs and experiences introduced her to every stage of childhood, from infancy through high school.
On a personal level, Jessica has a husband and two daughters of her own, which has given her first hand experience and knowledge of childbirth, breastfeeding (including extended breastfeeding), adjusting to parenthood, and early childhood education. This also includes the various stages and milestones associated with early childhood, such as introducing solids, introducing one child to siblings, and handling two children under two.