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

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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).

You, Me, and the ABCs: 100 Ready-for-Reading Activities for Kids and Their Favorite Grown-Ups

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Using everyday activities and household items, the book helps caregivers create literacy-rich experiences for pre-readers. Written to be shared between an eager new reader and their favorite grown-up, the book emphasizes simple, multi-sensory games, recipes, conversations, and actions to help a child learn to recognize, pronounce, and write the alphabet. Created by renowned children’s book author and educator Michael J. Rosen, the book offers proven ways to engage eager readers in activities that are adaptable to most situations, needs, and environments.

Leadership in Action: How Effective Directors Get Things Done

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This practical book explores the subtle and important distinction between leadership as a role and leadership as a set of skills and competencies that can be supported and nurtured at all levels of the organization. It will help you assess your unique leadership style; understand the values and beliefs that shape leadership behavior; increase interpersonal understanding among staff; increase shared commitment to the center's goals; make action plans that get implemented; solve organizational issues in a collegial and non-confrontational way; and plan for your successor. From New Horizons.

Employment Opportunities in Education: How to Secure Your Career

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Invaluable for the 2- or 4-year ECE student or for early ECE professionals, this resource covers job opportunities from infant care to college-level ECE instruction, explores the growing number of job titles and employers in the field, and details where jobs exist and what qualifications are necessary. Accompanying CD-ROM includes sample cover letters, resumes, interview tips, and checklists that aid in advancing an educational career, from structuring a self-assessment of interests and skills to competing for a specific job. From Thomson Delmar Learning.

Children of 2020: Creating a Better Tomorrow

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Children of 2020 explores the potential and opportunities over the next ten years and invites readers to advance the early care and education field through “smart improvisation.” National leaders present up-to-date analyses of progress and challenges in 22 topic areas. Copublished with the Council for Professional Recognition.

Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Setting Handbook: Improving Your Score

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The Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings Handbook corresponds directly to the Go Green Rating Scale. This comprehensive handbook explains the science and research behind each item in the rating scale; defines the most important elements of going green; and offers concrete measures, graduated goals, and practical guidelines to help improve your score. From Redleaf Press.

Reaching Potentials, Volume 2: Transforming Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment

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What's important for children to know and be able to do in math, science, health, visual arts, music, social studies, physical education, and language/literacy? Volume 2 takes a look at the national standards developed in these various fields. Providing such standards together in one book makes this an invaluable resource. Respected experts examine what early childhood educators need to know to develop meaningful, developmentally appropriate curriculum that incorporates the "big ideas" and content of each subject.

Fostering Children's Social Competence: The Teacher's Role

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On an essential topic, this book is both authoritative and accessible to early childhood professionals. Drawing from research and expert practice, Katz and McClellan explain developmental factors in social competence, positive and negative influences on disposition (including negative classroom influences that may surprise you), and suggest principles and strategies for teachers to understand and foster social competence.

Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Infants and Toddlers

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Developmentally appropriate practice is so fundamental to the early childhood field that all new educators need a sound grasp from the very start. While DAP's basic concepts aren't difficult or arcane, they can be understood wrongly or incompletely—and often are! This engaging little book describes the core concepts and makes them meaningful to everyday practice for teachers of infants and toddlers. College instructors, directors, and trainers will find this an invaluable tool for introducing learners to the foundation of the early childhood field.

Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten: A Tool Kit for Preparing Children and Families

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Making the transition into kindergarten is a significant and exciting milestone in young children's lives. With proper coordination and planning, it can be a smooth process, benefiting children, families, and schools. Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? provides information and practical advice to help you help children and their families prepare for the transition and then successfully begin kindergarten. Includes helpful activities, reproducible checklists and handouts, and planning templates. From Redleaf Press.

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