Nancy Topping-Tailby

Maternal Depression Faculty Expert
Education Development Center

Nancy Topping-Tailby has more than three decades of experience in behavioral health services with children and families, including 20 years in Head Start. She currently directs EDC’s subcontract with the American Academy of Pediatrics for the Head Start National Center on Health.
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, and she is a practicing clinician at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy’s Rice Center for Young Children and Families. She 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.