Welcome to the exciting world of children, families, and educators! The third edition of this popular introductory text provides a comprehensive, easy-to-understand overview of the foundations of early childhood education. The book also fosters professional development, reflective teaching and learning, and best practices for children and their families.New To This Edition Expanded coverage of central topics such as No Child Left Behind, Head Start, instructional technology, physical-motor development, NAEYC guidelines for curriculum development, and the creative arts. Includes the latest research on English language learners and their development in early childhood programs. New! Coverage of the national standards for the major curricular areas of literacy, mathematics, science, social science, and the arts is integrated throughout the book. New! PRAXIS correlations grid connects the content to the national PRAXIS exam. New! Observation Field Guide, a student supplement, helps students further integrate the information in the book with field experiences in the classroom. "The journal entries engage the student in thinking about the material... the students like the book and feel it is easy to understand." --Margaret L. Collier, Cuesta College"The students like the stories and the journal questions." --Carla Ahmann, Waubonsee Community CollegeMeet the Authors Amy Driscollis currently Director of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at California State University, Monterey Bay after more than 25 years as a professor of early childhood education/teacher education. She served on the national board of NAEYC and is President of California's Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.Nancy G. Nagelis Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has coordinated early childhood/elementary programs and taught elementary mathematics. She has also taught first graders and children with special needs. Her research interests include empowering young children to become active citizens and supporting beginning teachers.Driscoll, Amy is the author of 'Early Childhood Education, Birth-8 The World of Children, Families, and Educators', published 2004 under ISBN 9780205412624 and ISBN 0205412629.