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Marjorie Brickley

Program Director, Graduate Program

Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor

Academic Interests

Contexts, Early intervention, Families, Family diversity, Gender, Inclusion, Infant mental health, Infant/Toddler development

Some of the Values that Shape My Work

The driving force behind my work is equity. In my work, equity includes increasing understanding of children with special needs and their families; advocating for children with diverse family structures; facilitating an awareness of gender diversity; and working towards quality programs for infants and toddlers. The developmental-interaction approach is uniquely suited to creating fairness and equity as it considers the individual (child and/or adult) and the context. Working together with students to understand the lives of children, families and educators allows us to ever expand and advance discussions (and, hopefully, application) of the principles of equity.

Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities

Worked in a variety of settings with young children, including Early Head Start, teen parent programs, and child care centers. Organized conferences focused on teacher education for community colleges and child care associations. Vice President of the Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators. Presentations for Bank Street College Infancy Institute, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Society for Risk Management, resource and referral agencies, child care centers, corporations, and child care organizations.

Recent Professional Contributions

Infant Mental Health workshops for Child Protective Services workers and early intervention professionals. Mentor project with Verner Early Learning Center in North Carolina. Consultant/workshop facilitator with Early Head Start programs. Developmental specialist in early intervention working with the families of children, birth to 3 years of age, at home or in group programs.

Educational Background

  • M.S.Ed., Infant and Family Development, Bank Street College of Education
  • B.S., Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education, William Paterson College
  • A.A.S., Early Childhood Education, Bergen Community College

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Brickley, M., & Gelnaw, A. (2010). Learning about family structures and fairness. In L. Derman-Sparks & J. Edwards (Eds.), Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves. (2nd ed., pp. 112-124) Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

  • Brickley, M., & Barnea, M. (Eds.). (2009). Technical assistance manual for the New Jersey infant/toddler credential. New Jersey: Coalition of Infant Toddler Educators.

  • Brickley, M. (2001). Brain power! Idea cards. Baltimore, MD: Friends of the Family.

  • Brickley, M. (2001). Brain power! Activity cards. Baltimore, MD: Friends of the Family.

  • Brickley, M., & Gelnaw, A. (2001). Help for a fledgling field: A coalition of infant/toddler educators. Day Care and Early Education, 18(4), 37-38.
  • Brickley, M., & Gelnaw, A. (2000). Talking about our families. Retrieved June 12, 2011 from

  • Brickley, M., Gelnaw, A., Marsh, H., & Ryan, D. (1999). Opening doors. Washington, DC: Family Pride Coalition.

Marjorie Brickley for directory

Contact me:

(212) 875-4721
610 West 112Th Street,
New York, NY 10025