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ISBN-10 0137000332ISBN-13 9780137000333
ISBN-10 0205569544ISBN-13 9780205569540
Author(s): Johnna C. Darragh
Publisher: Merrill
Copyright year: © 2010 Pages: 528

This book focuses on supporting equality and academic success through exceptional early childhood experiences for young children and their families. Based on the author's belief that teachers must be prepared to meet the needs of all children, Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Equity and Inclusion, embeds the needs of diverse learners throughout the text, as opposed to relegating them to just one chapter.  Diversity is defined as ability, class, language, and culture.  Only through exemplary professional preparation can the promise and potential of these sometimes forgotten children be realized, and the development and learning of each child be supported.

The role of the professional in supporting the diverse needs of children and families, as well as their own professional development over time, are organizing themes of this text.  The book is standards-based and includes information on the application of both NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and DEC (Division for Early Childhood) standards to quality programming for young children and their families, as well as ongoing professional development.  Each chapter concludes with relevant reflection and philosophy development activities.