Book Description: With its focus on the fundamental values and guiding principles of early childhood education, this has become one of most well received books in the field. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the full range of early childhood education and care programs, using a straightforward, conversational writing style that appeals to a wide-range of readers. A clear, conceptual framework and integration of principles and practice promotes an understanding of the many parts of the field and how they interconnect. Detailed chapter topics cover four key content areas: foundations or early childhood education and care, understanding children, planning for care and education, and special relationships. For individuals considering becoming early childhood professionals.