Chapter 1 You and Early Childhood Education: Becoming a ProfessionalChapter 2 Early Childhood Education Today: Understanding Current IssuesChapter 3 History and Theories: Foundations for Teaching and LearningChapter 4 Implementing Early Childhood Programs: Applying Theories to PracticeChapter 5 Standards and You: Teaching Children to LearnChapter 6 Observing and Assessing Young Children: Guiding, Teaching, and LearningChapter 7 Infants and Toddlers: Critical Years for LearningChapter 8 The Preschool Years: Getting Ready for School and LifeChapter 9 Kindergarten Today: Meeting Academic and Developmental NeedsChapter 10 The Early Elementary Grades: 1-3: Preparation for LifeChapter 11 Educating Children with Diverse Backgrounds and Special Needs: Ensuring All Children LearnChapter 12 Guiding Children's Behavior: Helping Children Act Their BestChapter 13 Parents, Families, and the Community: Building Partnerships for Student Success Appendix - NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of CommittmentEndnotesGlossaryIndex
George S. Morrison, Ed.D., is professor of early childhood education at the University of North Texas where he teaches early childhood courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Professor Morrison's accomplishments include a Distinguished Academic Service Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and an Outstanding Service and Teaching Award from Florida International University. His books include Early Childhood Education Today, Tenth Edition; and Teaching in America, Fourth Edition; Education and the Development of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; The World of Child Development; The Contemporary Curriculum; and Parent Involvement in the Home, School, and Community. Dr. Morrison is a popular author, speaker, and presenter. He is Senior Contributing Editor for the Public School Montessorian and contributes his opinions and ideas to a wide range of publications. His speaking engagements and presentations focus on the future of early childhood education, the changing roles of early childhood teachers, and the influence of contemporary educational reforms, research, and legislation on teaching and learning. Dr. Morrison's professional and research interests include integrating best practices into faith-based practices; developing programs for young children and their families with an emphasis on readiness and learning; and the influences of families on children's development. He is also involved in providing technical assistance about graduate and undergraduate teacher education programs and early childhood practices to government agencies, university faculty, and private and public agencies in Thailand, Taiwan, and China.