Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Teaching Children in a Diverse Society, 2020

Grade Levels: 9-17
Designed to help improve the quality of early childhood care and education programs, Foundations of Early Childhood Education provides students with an overview of these programs and strengthens their understanding through the use of examples, anecdotes, and scenarios. Digital features include SmartBook 2.0, ReadAnywhere mobile app, assignable test banks, and instructor resources.


Foundations of Early Childhood Education (c) 2020 Online Student Edition, 1-year subscription

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Designed to help improve the quality of early childhood care and education programs, Foundations of Early Childhood Education provides students with an overview of these programs and strengthens their understanding through the use of examples, anecdotes, and scenarios. Digital features include SmartBook 2.0, ReadAnywhere mobile app, assignable test banks, and instructor resources.


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Part 1 Foundation of the Teaching-Learning Process: The Role of the Early Childhood Educator

  • CHAPTER 1: Early Childhood Education as a Career
  • CHAPTER 2: First Things First: Health and Safety Through Observation and Supervision
  • CHAPTER 3: Communicating with Young Children
  • CHAPTER 4: Facilitating Young Children’s Work and Play
  • CHAPTER 5: Guiding Young Children’s Behavior
  • CHAPTER 6: The Teacher as Model
  • CHAPTER 7: Modeling Adult Relationships in Early Childhood Settings

Part 2 Foundations in Supporting Development and Learning

  • CHAPTER 8: Setting Up the Physical Environment
  • CHAPTER 9: Creating a Social-Emotional Environment
  • CHAPTER 10: Routines
  • CHAPTER 11: Developmental Tasks as the Curriculum: How to Support Children at Each Stage
  • CHAPTER 12: Observing, Recording, and Assessing

Part 3 Planning for Learning and Development by Enhancing Children’s Curiosity, Joy, and Sense of Wonder

  • CHAPTER 13: Enhancing Children’s Learning and Development Through Language and Emergent Literacy
  • CHAPTER 14: Fostering Joy in Developmentally Appropriate Experiences in Math and Science
  • CHAPTER 15: Integrating Art, Music, and Social Studies into a Holistic Curriculum

Janet Gonzalez-Mena
Janet Gonzalez-Mena started her early childhood career in a cooperative preschool as a parent volunteer back in 1966. She then became a Head Start volunteer and ended up as a teacher in a preschool for Spanish-speaking children and their families in the 1970s. She has also helped open several pilot programs, including a therapeutic child care program, and a home-based bilingual preschool program. When Magda Gerber came into her life in the mid-1970s, Janet signed up for an internship with her at the Children’s Health Council in Menlo Park, California. As a result of that experience, later, when she became a child care director, she was able to incorporate much of what she learned into her work and was influential in expanding that program to include an infant center.

She worked as a Head Start trainer and as adjunct faculty in 4 community colleges, plus the University of California Santa Cruz credential extension program. She taught for 15 years as full time faculty at Napa Valley College in the Child and Family Studies Program. Since 1991, she has been part of the faculty for WestEd’s Program for Infant-Toddler Caregivers (PITC) Training of Trainer Institutes. Janet has been writing along with teaching for all these years and is author of numerous articles and 13 books related to early childhood, including Foundations of Early Childhood Education; Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers (with coauthor Dianne Eyer); and Diversity in Early Care and Education: Honoring Differences (Formerly Multicultural Issues in Child Care). She wrote Dragon Mom about herself as parent to help early childhood professionals alleviate guilt when their parenting doesn't live up to their high standards. Her latest passion is understanding more about the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary, where Magda Gerber came from. It took her 30 years to get there after she first heard of it, but her first trip to there in November of 2003 merely whetted her appetite. She has made two more trips since, and is planning for another one. She is fascinated by the approach and is convinced that this residential nursery is a model for the world. She is continuing to learn more about how this approach can be used to improve infant-toddler care and education programs in the United States. She is also working with a group in Mexico to explore how the approach might fit into their models of residential care for infants and toddlers. Janet has a Master of Arts Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks in Pasadena, California.