who we are
Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin
Director of Early Childhood Organizing
Director of Communications and Social Media
National Advisory Board
Doris Pronin Fromberg
James St. Clair
Judith Van Hoorn
Founding National Advisory Board Members
Defending the Early Years (DEY) is a non-profit organization working for a just, equitable, and quality early childhood education for every young child. DEY publishes reports, makes mini-documentaries, issues position statements, advocates on policy, and has an active website full of resources, blogs, and activist steps for early childhood educators.
DEY's Co-Directors are Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin and Blakely Bundy. Geralyn is the founder of Empowered by Play and is currently an early childhood teacher at the Mission Hill School in Boston, MA. Blakely is Director Emeritus and Senior Advisor to The Alliance for Early Childhood on the North Shore of Chicago, where she previously was its Executive Director for twenty-five years.
Members of the DEY National Advisory Board:
Members of the Founding National Advisory Board
Defending the Early Years is a non-profit educational corporation and is currently seeking 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.