Nancy Carlsson-Paige
Taking Back Childhood
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Click Here to read One Size Doesn't Fit All, a Boston Globe Op Ed written by Nancy and co-author Diane Levin.

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Click Here to read a comprehensive review of Taking Back Childhood by Kelley Dawson Salas, first published in Rethinking Schools.
Nancy Carlsson-Paige
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Nancy Carlsson-Paige

Today’s cultural pressures on children—media saturation, materialism, test-driven schools, and the fast pace of life—threaten to undermine some of the basic building blocks of healthy development. But we adults can navigate these difficult waters when we understand what it is children need and how we can best help them in these rapidly changing times.”
– Nancy Carlsson-Paige

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NPR radio interview Our 'Twisted' Pre-K Education

PBS NewsHour "Are Young Kids Losing the Brain-Boosting Benefits of Playtime?

Washington Post article How 'twisted' early childhood education has become

New York Times Article: Early Learning: This is Not a Test

LISTEN to Nancy at Busted Pencils Radio

TEDx Talk: "When Education Goes Wrong: Taking Creativity and Play Out of Learning"

A tough critique of Common Core on early childhood education

Is technology sapping children's creativity?

My view: Obama, Romney need to know one thing about early childhood education – start over

How Ed Policy is Hurting Early Childhood Education

TAKING BACK CHILDHOOD: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids reveals practical, hands-on approaches parents can take to create a safe, open, and imaginative environment in which kids can relish childhood and flourish as human beings. This groundbreaking book helps parents navigate the social currents shaping, and too often harming, the lives of kids today—and restore childhood to the very best of what it can and should be. Click Here to read more...

Please download FREE:
A Guide for Parents: Advocating for Your Child in the Early Years
Guide for Parents


Nancy is a founder of Defending the Early Years (DEY), a nonprofit project whose purpose is to encourage educators to speak out about current policies that are affecting the education of young children.

Nancy was a keynote speaker at the Save Our Schools Peoples Convention in Washington, DC in August, 2012. There, she was joined by other early childhood educators who together wrote the platform calling for reforms in early childhood education.

Nancy will be speaking at OCCUPY THE DOE on April, 5, 2013

Nancy discusses how and why childhood as we know it is being stolen from our kids and the practical steps that parents and adults can take to start fighting back. Plus these topics:
– Why play is such a critical factor in healthy child development
– Why 'brainy baby' type DVD's do more damage to infants than good
– The best and worst types of toys to give to our kids
–How to navigate the treacherous waters of our culture, and your children's reactions to it

Click Here to hear this facinating hour-long interview. (The show is provided by the World Puja Network. To listen, sign up as a free guest member.)

War Play Dilemma:
Balancing Needs and Values in the Early Childhood Classroom
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Who's Calling the Shots?: How to Respond Effectively to Children's Fascination With War Play and War Toys
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Keynotes and Conferences
Nancy is available to speak to your organization on a wide range of topics. Click Here for more information.

Now On YouTube:
Nancy speaks on the Consumer Culture and the Obstacles Parents Face. Click Here to view.