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Nancy Topping-Tailby is an expert in developing and sustaining comprehensive early childhood services that promote children’s healthy development, school readiness, and lifelong learning and well-being. She has extensive experience in using evidence-based strategies to promote the behavioral and physical health of children and families in clinical and early childhood settings.
Topping-Tailby directs EDC’s subcontract with the American Academy of Pediatrics for the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. In this initiative, she leads a team in advancing best practices for linking health and early childhood systems by developing evidence-based and science-informed resources, and providing training on best practices to support children’s healthy growth and development with a special focus on injury prevention. The team also supports inclusive environments for children with special health care needs, child care health consultants, and professional networks for Head Start health, nutrition, and mental health managers.
For EDC’s Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network—an initiative that supports evidence-based state and tribal Federal Home Visiting Programs in promoting rapid cycle change—Topping-Tailby serves as a faculty member specializing in maternal depression. In this role, she recommends improvement targets and measurement variables, prepares content for and delivers training, and provides ongoing support and coaching to participating agencies.
Topping-Tailby has also led foundation-supported efforts to educate Head Start families and staff about the importance of children’s oral health, improve medical and dental collaboration, and promote consistent oral health messages throughout children’s medical, dental and educational homes. She is a coauthor of Happy, Healthy Teeth! A Guide to Children’s Dental Health and a developer of The Head Start Family Oral Health Guide.
Before joining EDC, Topping-Tailby was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Head Start Association, an expert consultant to the Office of Head Start, and Program Director of an Early Head Start and Head Start program in Southeastern Massachusetts. She has held several roles within a full-service mental health center, has worked in an outpatient clinic providing psychotherapy to young children and their families, and is featured on the ten-lesson Turn-Key™ Early Childhood Training Addressing Challenging Behaviors, Promoting Social and Emotional Health in Young Children. Topping-Tailby is a founding member of the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH – Zero-to-Six) and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Topping-Tailby received a BA from Connecticut College and an MSW from the Smith College School for Social Work. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.