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Our Proud Heritage, edited by Edna Ranck, shares insights from the history of early childhood education to help educators develop teaching goals and objectives today. By considering the origins of ideas and programs, we can better understand the present and make greater progress in the early childhood field.

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Young Children
July 1, 2018

True Then, Truer Now: The Enduring Contributions of Arnold Gesell

Although researchers no longer adhere to the notion of fixed stages of development (Siegler 2016), the norms Gesell established are still used today by psychologists, educators, and pediatricians to predict developmental changes.

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Authored by: Peg Oliveira
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Young Children
July 1, 2017

Our Proud Heritage: Outdoor Play Is Essential to Whole Child Development

Although some people may believe that frequent opportunities for playful learning outdoors, including explorations of nature, are merely niceties, we believe they are critical for healthy whole child development.

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Authored by: Joe Frost, John A. Sutterby
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Young Children
September 1, 2016

Our Proud Heritage: Two Teachers Look Back—The Ypsilanti Perry Preschool, Part I

We are honored to present this column about a milestone in 20th century American early care and education—the Perry Preschool in Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1962 to 1967. (A second column on the preschool will follow in the November 2016 issue of Young Children.

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Authored by: Louise Derman-Sparks, Evelyn K. Moore
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Young Children
September 1, 2015

Our Proud Heritage—Playground: A Historical Context

The first schools for the very young in the United States did not include playgrounds because they were established prior to the concept of a playground.

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Authored by: ​Timothy A. Kinard
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Young Children
May 1, 2015

Our Proud Heritage: The 200-Year Legacy of Infant Schools

Elements of the infant school—from orientation to teaching through play (including play outdoors)—have endured, helping to give preschool its uniform look.

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Authored by: Larry Prochner, Ailie Cleghorn, Jennifer Drefs
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