ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Betty Bardige, Ed.D. is a developmental psychologist, educator, child advocate, author, and philanthropist. Dr. Bardige is vice-president and former chair of the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, a medium-sized family foundation with national (US only) reach. Focusing mainly on the early childhood years, the Foundation has played a catalytic role in efforts to improve our nation's early care and education systems. As chair, Betty guided the foundation's Florida Initiative for Infant/Toddler Care and School Readiness, focused its efforts to improve the compensation and education of the early childhood workforce, and developed the foundation's website. In addition to her philanthropic work, Betty has created books, software, and other materials for children, parents, and early childhood teachers. She is current president of the Brazelton Touchpoints Foundation and serves on the advisory boards of numerous early childhood, parenting, and educational organizations.

Betty lives in Cambridge with her husband, Art Bardige, CEO of Enablearning. Betty and Art have three children, Kori, Brenan, and Arran. She welcomes email: bettybardige@gmail.com.