About Nancy Carlsson-Paige

Nancy Carlsson-Paige is Professor Emerita at Lesley University where she was a teacher educator in child development for more than 30 years. In 2012, she co-founded Defending the Early Years, an early childhood education advocacy organization. Nancy is a writer, speaker and activist. She has written five books and numerous articles and op eds on child development and education, media and technology, and peaceable classrooms. Her most recent book is called Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids.

Nancy has received many awards for her leadership and advocacy in peace and early childhood education. In 2013, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Nancy is an advocate for education policies and practices that promote social justice, equity, and the well being of all children.


Recipient Peace Educator of The Year Award, October, 2012, The Peace and Justice Studies Association.

Recipient Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps Award, Embracing the Legacy June, 2011

Recipient Many Strong and Beautiful Women Award, Give Us Wings, February, 2009.

Recipient Outstanding Educator Award, Urban College of Boston, April 2009

Recipient Family Advocate of the Year Award, Boston Parents Paper, September, 2009, 20 Heroes for Families

Recipient of Abagail Eliot Award for Education Leadership, BAEYC, April, 1995

Recipient of Outstanding Contribution by Women Award, Cambridge YWCA, April, 1988, Cambridge, MA

Recipient of Parents Choice Award for book Who's Calling the Shots?

Recipient of Annual Peace Award of Concerned Educators Allied for A Safe Environment, November, 1985