Working with Young Children introduces students to the field of early childhood education. The text begins by helping students better understand young children and then progresses into developing guidance skills. Child development principles are applied to child care settings. Students also learn how to handle specific concerns related to infants, toddlers, school-age children, and children with special needs.
All information needed to successfully earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is included.
Students prepare for the workplace by learning about licensing rules and regulations, different career paths, and safety considerations.
Core values and principles from the NAEYC's Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment are highlighted in their own appendix.
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Table of Contents
Part 1: The Children and You
1. You: Working with Young Children 2. Types of Early Childhood Programs 3. Observing Children: A Tool for Assessment 4. Child Development Principles and Theories 5. Understanding Children from Birth to Age Two 6. Understanding Two- and Three-Year-Olds 7. Understanding Four- and Five-Year-Olds 8. Middle Childhood
Part 2: Creating a Safe and Healthful Environment
9. Preparing the Environment 10. Selecting Toys, Equipment, and Educational Materials 11. Promoting Children's Safety 12. Planning Nutritious Meals and Snacks 13. Guiding Children's Health
18. The Curriculum 19. Guiding Art, Blockbuilding, and Sensory Experiences 20. Guiding Storytelling Experiences 21. Guiding Play and Puppetry Experiences 22. Guiding Manuscript Writing Experiences 23. Guiding Math Experiences 24. Guiding Science and Technology Experiences 25. Guiding Social Studies Experiences 26. Guiding Food and Nutrition Experiences 27. Guiding Music and Movement Experiences 28. Guiding Field Trip Experiences
Part 5: Other People You Will Meet
29. Programs for Infants and Toddlers 30. Programs for School-Age Children 31. Guiding Children with Special Needs 32. Engaging Parents and Families 33. A Career for You in Early Childhood Education
Judy Herr, Ed.D. - Judy Herr's intense dedication to early childhood education includes over 40 years of experience in the field. Judy previously supervised and administered seven children's programs at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She also served as the early childhood program director and Associate Dean of the College of Human Development.
Judy has published numerous books, manuals, and articles on early childhood education. Her articles have been printed in such notable journals as Young Children, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, early Childhood News, and Texas Child Care Quarterly. Working with Young Children has also been published in Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.
Judy has been a guest speaker at local, regional, national, and international conferences. She was invited to Pai Chi University in Korea as the Distinguished Invitational International Scholar. She has participated in the prestigious Management Development Program at Harvard University. She is active in professional associations including the National association for the Education of Young Children. Judy has received many awards, including the Shirley Dean Award for Distinguished Service to the Midwestern Association for the Education of Young Children. She was also names a Dahlgren Professor. In 2006, Judy received the Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In 2009, The University of Wisconsin-Stout awarded Judy with the prestigious James Huff Stout Award for outstanding achievement. The award recognized her for being a national and international educator; prominent leader in early childhood education; notable, prolific author; and esteemed researcher.