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Extending the Dance in Infant and Toddler Caregiving,9781557668592

Extending the Dance in Infant and Toddler Caregiving

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 7/15/2009
Publisher(s): Brookes Pub
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Secure attachment between child and parent is one of the most important factors in early learning and development -- and for children in infant-toddler programs, teachers are a critical third partner in this relationship dance. That┐s why child care administrators and educators need this warm and practical program guide to establish relationship-based programs that keep teachers and children together throughout the entire program and encourage strong connections between them; develop respectful, mutually beneficial partnerships with parents of diverse cultural backgrounds; refine teaching practices by carefully observing, documenting, sharing, and reflecting on what happens during the child care day; plan comfortable, engaging physical environments indoors and outdoors that create community and excite children┐s minds; ensure that children┐s individual needs are met by the program┐s structure and routines; promote children┐s social skills and peer relationships; ease transition times and promote continuity by providing sensitive support to children and parents; and improve professional communication and support among teachers and administrators in a community of learning. To help them establish and maintain a relationship-based early childhood program, administrators and teachers will get concrete guidance on every step of the process, plus inspiration and ideas from successful programs in the United States and around the world. Early childhood educators will be full participants in the dance of early attachment -- and promote the healthy emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development of the young children they care for.

Author Biography

Helen H. Raikes, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Carolyn Pope Edwards, Ed.D., is Willa Cather Professor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Child, Youth and Family Studies.

Table of Contents

About the Authorsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
The Dances of Infancy: Bringing the Relationship Focus to Infant and Toddler Programsp. 1
The First Dance: Foundations of Attachment and Development in the Early Yearsp. 23
An Old Song: Relationship-Based Care in Cultural and Historical Contextp. 45
Step by Step: Learning the Moves of the Relationship Dance in an Infant and Toddler Programp. 69
The Right Foot: Beginnings and Endings Carolyn Pope Edwards and Lella Gandinip. 95
Now Really Dance: Individualizing, Documenting, and Planning Carolyn Pope Edwards and Lella Gandinip. 111
A Beautiful Dance Hall: Space and Environmentsp. 135
Staying in Step: Supporting Relationships with Familiesp. 147
Lots of Little Feet: Supporting Peer Relationshipsp. 163
Closing the Circle: Supporting Teachers and Administratorsp. 181
Referencesp. 193
Indexp. 207
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