Covering all the essentials of early childhood education, this student edition of Introduction to Early Childhood Education, 4E offers students an updated, research-based understanding of early brain development, emergent curriculum with the Reggio Emilia approach, and early childhood programming in developmentally appropriate practice. Sound theoretical rationales for early childhood education are clearly presented and exemplified by actual experiences of teachers who work with children and provide a realistic framework for students to build upon. Key terms highlighted in the text are defined in the margin for consideration during class discussions. Web site links that contain relevant information to chapter topics are also included. The instructor's edition features class activities, assignments, videos, and discussion topics - all designed to effectively introduce students to early childhood education.