Professor of Early Childhood Studies Chair; Distinguished Teaching Award, 2002; Excellence in Faculty Service Award, 2010
BA, Harvard University; MEd, Plymouth State College; EdD, Boston University
About Professor Cantor
Patricia A. Cantor is the Chair of the Early Childhood Studies Department and teaches early childhood courses in the Constructivist Approach in Early Care and Education, Senior Seminar in Early Childhood, and Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy in Early Childhood. With her colleague Dr. Mary Cornish, she is involved in the Coos County Early Childhood Development Initiative, a five-year early childhood initiative sponsored by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.
Dr. Cantor is actively engaged in early childhood advocacy efforts and organizations in the state and region. Her advocacy activities focus on increasing access and quality in early care and educations programs for all children and strengthening and supporting the early childhood workforce through professional development. She has participated in state task forces charged with developing infant/toddler competencies for early childhood educators, early childhood and family mental health competencies, and early intervention competencies. Currently, she serves on the task force to revise the state’s Early Learning Standards and the state leadership team for a federal grant to improve outcomes for young children with disabilities. She also co-chairs the state’s Early Childhood Workforce and Professional Development Committee. In 2010, 2011, and 2012, she was recognized as one of NH’s Children’s Champions by Early Learning NH. She has also twice been a recipient of the Mary Stuart Gile Award from the NH Child Development Bureau for promoting excellence in early learning through the professional development of teachers.
Dr. Cantor has been teaching at Plymouth State for over 20 years. She served as director of the Center for Young Children and Families (now the Center for Young Children and Families) for six years and as Education Department Chair for nine years. She became Department Chair in Early Childhood Studies in 2012, when the department was formed. She has been a preschool teacher and has worked in children’s book publishing. Dr. Cantor earned her B.A. in English and American Literature and Language, her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, and her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Early Childhood). Her doctoral dissertation was on “Parents and Early Childhood Programs: A History.” With Mary Cornish, she has presented widely on the potential impact of screen media and technology on infants and toddlers, and they are currently completing a book on this topic. Her scholarly interests also include the philosophical influences on and historical foundations of early care and education in the US.