Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD

1. Overview of the Profession

2. Historical Contexts

3. Early Childhood Program Models


PART II: FOUNDATIONS

4. Understanding How a Child Develops and Learns

5. Play in Childhood

6. Guiding Young Children

7. Working with Families and Communities

8. Diversity and Young Children


PART III: ORGANIZING FOR INSTRUCTION

9. Planning the Physical Environment: Indoors

10. Planning the Physical Environment: Outdoors

11.  Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum


PART IV: THE CURRICULUM

12. Health and Wellness

13. Supporting Emotional and Social Development

14. Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Learning

15. Language and Literacy Learning

16. The Creative Arts

17. Technology and Young Children