Diversity in Early Care and Education: Honoring Differences (5th ed.)

Janet Gonzalez-Mena
Item #: 2011
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Diversity in Early Care and Education explores the rich diversity encountered in programs and environments for children, ages birth to 8, including those serving children with special needs. The emphasis is on the practical and immediate concerns of the early childhood professional and family service worker, though all information has strong theoretical support. Although the text is situated within an early child care environment, its lessons are valuable for anyone who wants to understand more about diverse views related to children, childrearing, education, and development. From McGraw-Hill.

Highlights of the 5th edition:

  • Culture: The new edition offers expanded coverage of poverty as a dimension of culture, special needs and culture, sorting out positive cultural behaviors from harmful or dysfunctional ones, and building trusting relationships among families and professionals with different cultural backgrounds.
  • Parent involvement and guidance: The 5th edition takes a deeper look at classroom practices in relation to family expectations, including frameworks of independence and interdependence and concepts of school readiness. The text also offers new perspectives on child guidance, including "time outs" and appropriate discipline for children with special needs.

This Special NAEYC Edition of Diversity in Early Care and Education: Honoring Differences, 5th ed., is available individually and in a set with its companion resource, Practice in Building Bridges (#2012), in which Intisar Shareef and Janet Gonzalez-Mena offer activities, stories, and ideas for journaling that will provoke thought and promote diversity. Order the set and save (#2013).