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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, 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, 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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Teacher and young child interact in play.
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Young Children
March 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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