Early Childhood Development Association (ECDA) of PEI Webinar, Prince Edward Island, CA, October 2020

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, November 2019​​

Northland Kindergarten Association's Every Child Elevated Conference, Whangarei, New Zealand, October 2019

Big Body Play, Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood, Wellington, New Zealand, October 2019 

Big Body Play, Dunwoody UMC, August 2018

Manitoba Child Care Association Annual Conference, Winnipeg, CA, May 2018​​

Early Childhood Investigations Webinars

Big Body Play: Why Something So Scary is So Good for Children, February 2018

Open Arms Christian Child Development Center, Ashburn, VA, February 2017

​Division of Early Learning
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Government of the District of Columbia, May 2016

Early Childhood Development Association (ECDA) of PEI Fall Conference, Prince Edward Island, CA, October 2015

Association of Early Childhood Educators Newfoundland and Labrador (AECENL) Fall Conference, Labrador/Newfoundland, CA, October 2015

Idaho AEYC Spring Conference, Boise, ID, April 2014


There were four of my team at that workshop and we all LOVED it.

   --Workshop participant, Wellington, NZ

Relevant, suited to large or smaller programs, Frances is a great speaker. Realistic ideas that can be implemented right away .
--Manitoba Child Care Association Annual conference workshop participant

Frances Carlson inspires my own work with her leading edge development of the ideas, language and practices we need to communicate good early childhood care and education with beginners and advanced educators alike. This is critically important in two areas in which she has had the courage and intelligence to focus with clarity, originality and good sense: the importance of essential touch for all children and the fundamental role of roughhousing (play fighting) in the physical, cognitive and social development of girls and boys.

Ms. Carlson is a remarkably thoughtful and fearless leader who puts her capacity for effective language to work in the benefit of others, young and old. I have benefited from her active leadership in the National Association for the Education of Young Children, particularly from her congenial and inspiring facilitation of our Men In Education Network!                                     ---Barry Albert Bussewitz, Solano Community College


Thank you very much for the training yesterday. It was super beneficial and probably the best webinar I have participated in.

--Early Childhood Investigations Webinars participant

Frances is a teriffic teacher, trainer, organizer, and motivator. Her work is consistently and obviously driven by her passion for what is good for children [anyone knowing me knows there's no higher praise I could give] and she throws in an bonus at no extra cost: She actually knows what she's talking about.              --  Neil Fullagar, Nanny

Feedback from Former Clients:

Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) Advanced Institute, October 2013

Manitoba Child Care Association Annual Conference, Winnipeg, CA, May 2013

Child Care Project at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, April 2013

​Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) Guest Presenter, October 2012
Northwest Georgia Super Saturday. April 2012

Hawaii Association on the Education of Young Children (HAEYC) Maui Chapter Early Childhood Conference, Maui College Campus, Kahului, Maui, HI, March 2012

​​Manitoba Child Care Association Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, May 2010

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc.Eighteenth Annual Childcare Conference, Boston, MA, May 2010

Bridgewater State University Old Colony AEYC Spring Conference, Bridgewater, MA, March 2010

Manitoba Child Care Association Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, May 2009

Forum on Men in Early Childhood Education, Macon State University, Macon, GA, April 2009.

Working Forum on Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE), Honolulu, HI, May 2008

Brain Development Conference, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA December 2007

Association of Lab School Directors Spring Conference, Boston University, Boston, MA, April 2007

Peaceful Touch Conference, Hartford, Connecticut, October 2006. 

I could listen to Frances all day – loved her approach, her passion – awesome subject content.

-- NKA conference participant


Frances rocks. She is open minded, energetic and honest. Her video on male involvement in the ECE profession is really trailblazing in a sense. Her willingness to reach out and partner with other professionals is commendable. Plus, she's fun, upbeat and dedicated.               -- Greg Uba, CAEYC


Absolutely fabulous – relationships and touch are so important.

Very easy to listen to, great message about caring. Affection, positive physical touch.

This was well researched and such valuable information presented in an engaging way.

Thought provoking. Highlighting the importance of touch. Great use of examples and research to support the information. 

--NKA Conference Participants

Frances Carlson has that unique combination of being really intelligent and very hard working all delivered through a big open heart. I have known her for more than ten years and she continues to impress me with her neverending next big idea.

Her trainings & workshops always have huge audiences and people respond positively to her message. Her books and writing are innovative and practical. She combines the wisdom of her work, family and life experiences with a mind that really wants to know answers and even more - she wants to teach what she's learned to others in interesting and compelling ways.

You won't be disappointed! 

--- Bryan G. Nelson, President/CEO MenTeach