Introduction to Early Childhood Education: A Multidimensional Approach to Child-Centered Care and Learning

Provides students with a comprehensive insight into multiple facets of the early childhood field, from history and philosophy, to technology, diversity, play, and the role of teachers and caregivers. Recognized as a national expert in CDA, multicultural education, outdoor environments, developmentally appropriate practice, and child development, Francis Wardle brings us this comprehensive introduction to the field of early childhood care and education, infants to age 8. This text addresses a wide variety of programs, including global early childhood education, setting up and maintaining indoor and outdoor environments, and strategies teaching literacy, math, and science. Included throughout the text are discussions of brain research, diversity checklists, an emphasis on parent involvement and inclusion, how young children learn, and looking at teachers and caregivers as professionals.