childhood education has reached a level of unprecedented national
and international focus. Parents, policy makers, and politicians have
opinions as well as new questions about what, how, when, and where
young children should learn. Teachers and program administrators now
find curriculum discussions linked to dramatic new understandings about
children's early learning and brain development. Early childhood
education is also a major topic of concern internationally, as social
policy analysts point to its role in a nation's future economic
As a groundbreaking contribution to its field, this
four-volume handbook discusses key historical and contemporary issues,
research, theoretical perspectives, national policies, and practices.
wealth of information provides the user with up-to-date expert entries
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