The Early Years Matter: Education, Care and the Well-Being of Children, Birth to 8

Marilou Hyson & Heather Biggar Tomlinson
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This accessible and engaging work introduces current and future teachers, child care providers, and others interested in early childhood education to the importance of the early years in children’s well-being and success. It summarizes the research on the value of high-quality services for young children, families, and society, showing why early education matters both today and into the future. Emphasizing the need to understand and respect young children’s strengths and unique characteristics, the authors offer inspiration for working in the field, as well as addressing the realistic challenges of implementing developmentally appropriate care and education.

Suggestions for further reading and concluding questions for reflection, dialogue, and action make The Early Years Matter a perfect resource for courses and professional development. Copublished with Teachers College Press. 

Read Q&As with authors Marilou Hyson and Heather Biggar Tomlinson

“One small volume—a lot that matters! Through insightful stories, facts, figures, and reflections the authors capture the essence of why the early years are so important to the children who live them and to the adults entrusted with children’s care and learning. Starting with a mountain of cutting edge material, Hyson and Tomlinson have made excellent choices about what information to highlight and how. As a result, The Early Years Matter is compelling reading for newcomers to the field as well as for seasoned professionals. It is a book that everyone who cares about future generations should read, think about, and then read again.”

— Marjorie Kostelnik, Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln