Patricia Cantor

Professor of Education; Distinguished Teaching Award, 2002; Excellence in Faculty Service Award, 2010; Stevens-Bristow Professor of Education, 2017-2020

BA, Harvard University; MEd, Plymouth State College; EdD, Boston University Email:

About Professor Cantor

Patricia A. Cantor is a Professor of Early Childhood Education. In the Early Childhood program, she teaches Young Children’s Learning and Development, Inclusive Early Childhood Education, Infant and Toddler Care and Education, Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood, Senior Seminar in Early Childhood, and Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy in Early Childhood. She also teaches the Tackling a Wicked Problem course for first-year students.

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 education programs for all children and strengthening and supporting the early childhood workforce through professional development. She is one of the authors of the NH Early Learning Standards for Children Birth through Age 5 (2015) and has participated in state task forces charged with developing infant/toddler competencies for early childhood educators and early childhood and family mental health competencies. With her colleague Dr. Mary Cornish, she promoted child care quality as part of the Coos County Early Childhood Development Initiative, sponsored by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. Currently, she represents higher education on the NH leadership team for the NH Pyramid Model to support young children’s social and emotional development. She is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Children’s Literacy Foundation and serves on the Advisory Board of the Children’s Screen Time Action Network.

In 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015, Dr. Cantor was recognized as one of NH’s Children’s Champions by Early Learning NH. She has also been a recipient of the Mary Stuart Gile Award four times 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 25 years. She served as director of the Center for Young Children and Families for six years and as Education Department Chair for nine years. She was the first chair of the Department of Early Childhood Studies from 2012-2015. 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 Dr. Mary Cornish, she has presented widely on the potential impact of screen media and technology on infants and toddlers. In 2016, they published a book on this topic, Techwise Infant and Toddler Teachers: Making Sense of Screen Media for Children Under 3. Her scholarly interests also include the historical foundations of early care and education in the US.