This introductory text contains the entire Feeney textbook plus California-specific standards and chapter/page correlations to the Feeney textbook. It was created by a California professor to familiarize students with the following: California Child Development Permit Matrix, the Student Learning Outcomes from the Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children course description (and correlations to show where the Outcomes are addressed in the Feeney textbook), an explanation of California's Preschool Learning System, and a detailed listing of the Preschool Learning Foundations and its focus on what children enrolled in high-quality child care and development programs can be expected to be able to do at around 48 months (4 years old) and around 60 months (5 years old). If a field experience, student teaching, or practicum experience is included in this course, the foundations should come in handy as students observe and work with young children. This material helps faculty provide the information students need to implement the California Preschool Learning Foundations, the Desired Results for Children and Families, the Prekindergarten Learning and Development Guidelines, and the curriculum frameworks when they enter the work force. The eighth edition of Who Am I in the Lives of Children? has some substantial enhancements to previous editions. This introductory text presents a child–centered, constructivist approach to early childhood education and care programs in a range of contemporary settings. Its clear, conceptual framework and integration of principles and practices assist students in understanding the important values of the field and how these translate into programs for young children. It helps them to develop their own philosophy and teaching style and encourages them to reflect on their values and actions. The authors' straightforward, conversational writing style, and appealing color photographs and art appeals to a wide-range of students. With its focus on respecting children, ethics, and personal and professional development of teachers of young children, it has become one of most well received books in the field. New to this Edition! NEW! Part of the Merrill MyEducationLab Textbook Series. Your students' textbook is a resource for applying the strategies they have learned to classroom practice. "Things to Take Into Your Classroom" featured on the front and back covers lists page references for the book's strategies, plans, activities, lessons, and other resourceful materials for students to use in the classroom--making this text not just a book for learning, but a book for teaching. NEW: Alignment with NAEYC standards — a supplement to the table of contents shows how each chapter addresses NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation. NEW: Ethics Reflections—Throughout the text examples of common ethical dilemmas are presented with thought-provoking questions designed to help students to reflect on their ethical responsibilities and the use of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. NEW: Golden Rules—Clear, concise, easy-to-remember guidelines and recommendations for practice are presented in boxed format in chapters related to classroom practice (e.g. Golden Rules for Writing Anecdotal Records, Golden Rules for Designing Learning Environments, Golden Rules for Talking with Children). NEW: Video examples of environments, adult-child interactions, and teaching (for MyEducationLab website) NEW: Revises and expands the chapter on the field of early childhood education—discusses current school readiness issues, standards to measure young children’s learning, accountability, and the growing commitment to state funded programs for four-year-olds. Puts issues into perspective for the student to familiarize them with the topics and encourage them to reflect on and be able to discuss them.