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DEY provides a variety of resources for early childhood advocates, including current resources for dealing with COVID-19, recommended websites, books, articles, and videos on current topics, and a library of DEY’s monthly newsletters.
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Guidelines for Talking with Young Children about the Insurrection at the US Capitol

Guidelines for Talking with Young Children about the Insurrection at the US Capitol

DEY offers guidelines for implementing an age-appropriate, meaningful, and caring approach to help young children deal with this shocking event.

September 2020 DEY Newsletter

September 2020 DEY Newsletter

DEY’s latest report on the results from our COVID survey.  Launching DEY’s Working Groups. And much more.

August 2020 DEY Newsletter

August 2020 DEY Newsletter

Announcing DEY’s new website.  Our latest report on school readiness. An much more.

June 2020 DEY Newsletter

June 2020 DEY Newsletter

DEY’s Virtual Summer Institute. Audrey Duck Asks “Why Are People Protesting?” Complete our COVID Survey.  And much more.  View the…

May 2020 DEY Newsletter

May 2020 DEY Newsletter

DEY produces its second Audrey Duck video,  “Audrey Duck Tells Dr. Susan Linn, ‘I’m Tired of the Virus!’”  News on…

March 2020 DEY Newsletter

March 2020 DEY Newsletter

The debate about “online preschool” continues.  DEY’s Summer Institute.  And much more. View the March 2020 DEY newsletter here.

February 2020 DEY Newsletter

February 2020 DEY Newsletter

Fighting for play in Illinois.  DEY’s Summer Institute.  Nancy Carlsson-Paige’s work in Guatemala. To read about those stories and much…

January 2020 DEY Newsletter

January 2020 DEY Newsletter

DEY’s Summer Institute.  Our latest video and more. Read the January 2020 DEY Newsletter.

December 2019 DEY Newsletter

December 2019 DEY Newsletter

Don’t miss our latest video on play, featuring our founders and senior advisors, Nancy Carlsson-Page and Diane Levin. Also, check…

November 2019 DEY Newsletter

November 2019 DEY Newsletter

2019 was a busy year for both Defending the Early Years and for the early childhood education advocacy movement.  In…

October 2019 DEY Newsletter

October 2019 DEY Newsletter

Defending play. Advocating for childhood.  The how, why, and where. This issue is about activism–advocating for our youngest students, our…


September 2019 DEY Newsletter

Play is so central to healthy human development that pediatricians are increasingly writing play “prescriptions” for their young patients, and…

August 2019 DEY Newsletter

August 2019 DEY Newsletter

A revolution for True Play has arrived and was in full force at DEY’s Summer Institute in July. This is…

July 2019 DEY Newsletter

July 2019 DEY Newsletter

DEY’s First Early Childhood Summer Organizing Leadership Institute – A Huge Success! View the newsletter

Defending the Early Years: Studio BZ is a weekly podcast about everything Boston and beyond from the award-winning journalists at WBZ TV

Nancy’s Podcast Discussing Her New Report “Young Children in the Digital Age: A Parent’s Guide”

Find Nancy’s interview on Boston’s CBS affiliate WBZ’s program, Studio BZ, which was completed on Wednesday, January 16th.  The interview…

Picture ​NPR article, published Jan. 2, 2019: Why Millions of Children Can’t Read and What Better Teaching Can Do About It by Emily Hanford

“Top of the Mind with Julie Rose”

Diane spoke on BYU – Baylor University Public Radio in Utah, January 13, 2019 on the topic of the impact…

Defending the Early Years: the Children's Screen Time Action Network conference

Nancy Carlsson-Paige: Technology and Young Children

WEBINAR ON MONDAY, NOV. 5 @ 7:30 PM EST In this webinar, based on her keynote at the Children’s Screen…

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC)

DEY and CCFC’s Statement Opposing Public Funding of Online Preschool Signed by Over 100 ECE Experts and Organizations

On October 10, 2018, Defending the Early Years (DEY) and Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) co-authored a statement…

DEY’s Mini-Documentary Series, Teachers Speak Out

  Don’t miss DEY’s two-minute documentary series, Teachers Speak Out. ​Find it here.

Defending the Early Years publication in The Boston Globe

What Parents and Teachers Really Want from One Another

DEY Senior Advisor Diane Levin is interviewed by Joanna Weiss for this article published in the 9-27-17 Education Issue in…

Diane Levin discusses DEY (and TRUCE) on New-TV

Find the half-hour program by clicking here.

Wendy Locker: Nothing Abstract about the Lessons of Play

Read Wendy Locker’s insightful article, as published in the Stamford Advocate, at   Last week, The New York Times unwittingly provided an…

Network for Public Education Releases its NPE Toolkit: School Privatization Explained

  Network for Public Education released its toolkit, entitle: “NPE Toolkit: School Privatization Explained.” This comprehensive toolkit will answer questions…

High school should be more like preschool

Secondary education is now borrowing ideas from early childhood. Published April 7, 2017 in The Hechinger Report, read the full…

Defending the Early Years publication in The Washington Post

What Educators Know about Teaching Young Children — But Policymakers Ignore

DEY Senior Advisor Nancy Carlsson-Paige writes an op-ed in Valerie Strauss’ The Answer Sheet in the Washington Post (3/15/17).  …

Stop Humiliating Teachers

A necessary commonplace: Almost everyone we know has been turned around, or at least seriously shaken, by a teacher—in college,…

Defending the Early Years publication in The Washington Post

The Big Problem with Early Childhood Education

DEY Senor Advisor Nancy Carlsson-Paige speaks at the Nordic Conference in New York. (11/16)   Research in child development over…

Learning to Count to 14 the Common Core Way and the Developmentally Appropriate Way: What is the Difference?  Why Does It Matter?

  ​Learning to Count to 14 the Common Core Way and the Developmentally Appropriate Way – What is the Difference? Why…

Test Students on Their Social Skills?

  The Opinion Pages/Letters To the Editor: Re “Testing for Grit? Schools Pushed on Social Skills” (front page, March 1):…

How Can You Defend Play in Your School?

  We received the following question from a friend and former student who is now a kindergarten teacher: “I am…

A New Year for ECE Advocacy: Happy New Year

  ​This year DEY has been working hard to mobilize the early childhood community to speak out with well-reasoned arguments…

advocating for play at school

​In the current edition of Young Child, published by NAEYC, DEY’s Diane E. Levin offers the following advice to parents:Memo to:…

A touch critique of teaching strategies gold

  ​Here is another excellent example of a teacher pushing back against corporate ed reform! Please check out the blog…

National Day of Action – December 9th

​Have you heard about the “National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education” on December 9th? Here…

Diane Levin writes – and testifies – in support of media literacy for young children

Earlier this week DEY’s Senior Adviser Diane Levin published the piece Media Literacy for Young Children: Essential for School Success…

Gearing up for the new school year: recommended reading

​Many early childhood teachers across the nation are gearing up for the new school year just a few weeks away…

Susan Ohanian Speaks for Young Children

In the midst of current education policies that are harmful to young children, Susan Ohanian is a champion of young…

When Education Goes Wrong: Taking the Creativity Out of Play

  Here at DEY we hope that you do not miss Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige’s Tedx Talk from the Calhoun School…

Will Obama Plan Lead to What’s Best for Children?

Much has been happening in the early childhood world. On February 14, President Obama released details of his new Plan for…

A tough critique of common core

In today’s Washington Post, Valerie Strauss posted a much-needed critique of the Common Core State Standards for early childhood education on her…

Moving Beyond Remote-Controlled Teaching and Learning

DEY invites you to check out Diane Levin’s latest blog entry on Wheelock College’s Aspire website. Diane wrote the article because of…


The following blog post was written by Diane Ravitch – she is asking everyone to spread he word. Click here to…

Words of Advice to Obama and Romney

 Here’s what I would say to the presidential candidates (in case they ask me) about what we need to do…

July 2012 Update

July 2012 Update

  Dear Friends of DEY, Many good things have been happening at DEY – and I wanted to take this…