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, Infant and Toddler Care and Education, Senior Seminar in Early Childhood, and Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy in Early Childhood. With her colleague Mary Cornish, she is involved in the Coos County Early Childhood Development Initiative, a major 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, and is currently serving on the task force to revise the state’s Early Learning Guidelines. She has served as the Chair of the NH Child Care Advisory Council since 2008 and is a board member of the NH Children’s Alliance. In 2011, she was named one of NH’s Children’s Champions by Early Learning NH.
Dr. Cantor joined the Plymouth State faculty in 1990. 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 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.