About DEY

Who We Are.


Defending the Early Years (DEY) is a non-profit organization working for a just, equitable, and quality early childhood education for every young child. DEY publishes reports, makes mini-documentaries, issues position statements, advocates on policy, and provides early childhood educators and advocates with valuable resources.

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DEY Board of Directors.


Nancy Carlsson-Paige, DEY’s Senior Advisor

Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Ed.D.

DEY’s Co-Founder, Senior Advisor, and President of the Board

Professor Emerita at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Diane Levin, DEY’s Senior Advisor

Diane Levin, Ph.D.

DEY’s Co-Founder, Senior Advisor, and Secretary of the Board

Professor of Applied Develomental Psychology, Wheelock College at Boston University, Boston, MA

Marcy Guddemi, PhD, MBA, Treasurer of the Board

Marcy Guddemi, Ph.D., MBA

Treasurer of the Board

National Early Childhood Consultant, Daytona Beach, FL

DEY Directors.


Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, M.Ed., Co-Director

Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, M.Ed.

Co-Director

Co-Teacher Leader at Mission Hill School, Boston, MA

Blakely Bundy, Co-Director

Blakely Bundy, M.Ed.

Co-Director

Director Emeritus and Senior Advisor to The Alliance for Early Childhood,  North Shore of Chicago, IL 

Denisha Jones, Director of Early Childhood Organizing

Denisha Jones, Ph.D., J.D.

Director of Early Childhood Organizing

Director, Art of Teaching Program, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

National Advisory Board.


  • Erika Christakis, Early Childhood Educator and Author, Norwich, VT
  • Sherry Cleary, Executive Director, New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, The City University of New York, NY
  • Bill Crain, Professor of Psychology, City College of New York, NY
  • Stephanie Feeney, Professor Emerita, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Portland, OR
  • Doris Pronin Fromberg, Professor of Education,  Hofstra University, NY
  • Ayla Gavins, Former Principal, Mission Hill School, Boston, MA
  • Michelle Gunderson, First grade teacher, Nettlehorst School, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL
  • Edgar Klugman, Professor Emeritus Wheelock College & Co-Founder of Playing for Keeps, Boston, MA
  • Deborah Meier, author and activist, NY
  • Ruth Rodriguez-Fay, Save Our Schools and United Opt Out, Boston, MA
  • James St. Clair, former kindergarten teacher, Cambridge, MA
  • Judith Van Hoorn, Professor Emerita, University of the Pacific, El Cerito, CA

Members of the Founding National Advisory Board.


  • Constance Kamii, Former Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL
  • Lilian Katz, Professor Emerita & Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting, University of Illinois, IL
  • Maurice Sykes, Executive Director, Early Childhood Leadership Institute, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
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