Nancy Topping-Tailby

Education Development Center, Inc.

Nancy Topping-Tailby is an early childhood mental health clinician and expert training and technical assistance provider with more than 40 years of experience developing and sustaining comprehensive early childhood services to promote children’s healthy development and psychological well-being. She has extensive experience in using evidence-based strategies to address the behavioral health of children and families in clinical and early childhood settings. She is featured on the ten-lesson Turn-Key™ Early Childhood Training Addressing Challenging Behaviors, Promoting Social and Emotional Health in Young Children.
Topping-Tailby currently directs EDC’s subcontract with the American Academy of Pediatrics for the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. In this initiative, she advances best practices for linking health and early childhood systems by developing evidence-based and science-informed resources with a special focus on injury prevention, and providing training on best practices to support children’s healthy growth and development. For the Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV COIIN 2.0), Topping-Tailby is a faculty member specializing in maternal depression, where she is currently working to scale interventions tested in the previous HV CoIIN that reduced symptoms of maternal depression among mothers of young children receiving home visiting services.
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 also held several roles within mental health clinics treating young children and their families. 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. She 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.