46 Early Childhood Education

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ECE textbook collection (English and Spanish) (CC BY)

Open educational resources in Early Childhood Education


Child Development and Early Childhood Education (CC BY-NC)

From the ASCCC OER Initiative (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges).


Child, Family, and Community – Spring 2021 version (CC BY)

This textbook is a presentation of how and why children grow, develop, and learn including how we change physically over time from conception through adolescence.

Child Family Community: The Socialization of Diverse Children (CC BY-NC-SA)

This text is a guide and resource in building awareness, knowledge, and skills for current or future educators. The chapters are organized with learning objectives, embedded terms and definitions, critical reflection, and practical application of the content and topics. Topics include introduction to socialization and theories; why culture is important; what is a family; community; school; building collaborative relationships with families; welcoming and supporting families; and contemporary issues for children and families.

The Early Literacy Journey: Supporting and Celebrating Young Learners (CC BY-NC)

This adapted work provides an overview of language and literacy development in the early years, from birth through preschool. It examines the critical role that these years play in the emergence of literacy. All aspects of this area of development, reading, writing, speaking, and listening are explored and considered.

EDU 109 – Music for the Young Child (CC BY-NC-SA)

From Hostos Community College, this book takes a holistic approach to the study of music, drawing from diverse fields such as music education, ethnomusicology, sociology, and cognitive sciences. The book takes into account many different perspectives on a child’s development rather than approaching it by focusing on only one subject.

The ELC – An Early Childhood Learning Community at Work (CC BY-NC)
The ELC professional development model was designed to improve the quality of teacher candidates’ Practicum field placements and align teaching in field placements with Learning Standards used in the teacher education program.

Infant and Toddler Care and Development (CC BY-NC-SA)

This comprehensive textbook covers a wide range of topics related to infant and toddler care and development. Each section is intended to stand on its own, in order to encourage remixing. Topics covered include an introduction to infants and toddlers; physical, brain, motor, sensory and perceptual, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development; infant and toddler mental health; language acquisition; attachment and reciprocal relationships; temperament; licensing and regulations; caregiving practices; indoor and outdoor environment; an introduction to observation; and curriculum, assessment, and documentation.

Infant and Toddler Education and Care (CC BY-NC-SA)

This textbook covers several topics in infant and toddler education and care. Topics include toddler development; development influences, including culture, nutrition, health, socio-economic status, and engaging families; professional resources and organizations; scheduling and overall design considerations when creating environments; and information about creating environments to enhance social and emotional development, physical health and well-being, language and communication, and cognitive development.

Introduction to Careers in Child Development (CC BY-NC-SA)

This book contains academic and career information in the field of early childhood education and child development. It can be used as a textbook for child development and related courses.

Introduction to Childhood Studies (CC BY-NC-SA)

Introduction to key concepts in the study of childhood from multidisciplinary perspectives. It examines the historical and socio-cultural constructions of “the child” and childhood, exploring topics such as child development, cultural notions of adolescence, children as social agents, children’s rights and challenges facing children in both local and global contexts.

Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education (CC BY)

Learn how to effectively plan curriculum for young children.

Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education (CC BY)

A textbook that discusses observation and assessment in the context of early childhood education.

Parenting and Family Diversity Issues (CC BY-NC-SA)

This book has been created for students and all individuals who work with children and families (e.g., educators, parents, caregivers, direct support workers, etc.) in diverse contexts.  It is imperative to understand how and what factors may influence child outcomes across the lifespan. Therefore, key concepts related to parenting, child-rearing, care-giving, and parenting education are outlined in this textbook to provide historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives across vast settings and developmental domains.

Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children – Early Release (CC BY)

The Role of Equity and Diversity on Early Childhood Education (CC BY)

A textbook that discusses equity and diversity in the context of early childhood education.

The Whole Child: Development in the Early Years (CC BY-NC-SA)

This book was written for the emerging child psychology student or early childhood educator. It gives an overview of development, beginning in the mother’s womb through about the age of eight. It starts with a look at perspectives of early childhood, including how children have been viewed historically as well as cross-culturally. There is a complete overview of the important theorists that have helped to deepen and bring clarity to how children develop including psychodynamic, behavioral, social cognitive theory, cognitive theory, humanistic, multiple intelligence, growth mindset, and Bloom’s taxonomy.


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