He has also served on various boards including the MOSAC2 (Missouri School-Age Care Coalition) and Missouri Accreditation (MoA) state boards as well as the Parents As Teachers Family Network. He also taught for the School-Age Care degree program at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. He has a Masters in Education with a focus on Creative Arts in Learning and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication.
In January 1998, Whitaker formed Toolbox Training, devoted to offering training and resources for those who work with children. In that capacity, he has published nearly a dozen books total. He also keeps a blog offering activity ideas for children tied to unusual holidays and maintains a Facebook page which offers opportunties for networking and linking with other child-care related organizations and content.
Dave’s Music Database
When Whitaker became a stay-at-home parent in 2002, he spent large chunks of his spare time to writing about music. He developed Dave’s Music Database (The DMDb for short) devoted to the collection, consolidation, and promotion of music-related best-of lists. The DMDB is for anyone who loves rating, ranking, reviewing, ranting, and reading about favorite albums, songs, acts, videos, and other things music-related.