Gayle Julian
Early Childhood Development
Material Type:
Preschool, Lower Primary
  • ECED&105
  • ECED105
  • Early Childhood
  • Intro to ECED
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    Intro to Early Childhood Education- ECED&105

    Intro to Early Childhood Education- ECED&105


    Introduction to Early Childhood Education Open Education Resources Textbook for common course ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education was produced with support from funding secured through the Carl D. Perkins Act.  

    Intro to Early Childhood Education- ECED&105

    Overview to this Textbook  

    Welcome to Introduction to Early Childhood Education. This textbook will cover the following topics:   

    • An overview of the field of early learning  

    • Historical roots of early learning  

    • Professionalism, values and ethics required for working in the field  

    • Philosophers and theorists that have contributed to early learning  

    • Brain development and the importance of executive function  

    • Developmentally appropriate practice  

    • Developmental theory: how children grow and develop  

    • The value of play for young children  

    • Environments both indoors and outdoors and the contribution both make to the developing child  

    • Family connections and support for all families  

    • Issues and trends within the field of early learning  

    • Beyond behaviors:  guiding children’s behavior  

    • Adverse Childhood Trauma and building resiliency  

    • Diversity and equity within the field of early learning  


    The beginning of each chapter includes a brief biography of the author and peer reviewer for the chapter along with a side note containing an overview of the topics discussed within the chapter.  

    Student Learning Outcomes  

    ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education is found in the common course inventory in Washington State. It is one of the first courses found in the ECE Initial Certificate and holds a set of common student learning outcomes that are aligned with Washington State Core Competencies as published by the Department of Children Youth and Families as well as the national organization: National Association for the Education of Young Children  

    Noted at the beginning of each chapter is the student learning outcome(s) that best aligns with content written in the chapter. The table that follows notes the alignment of the student learning outcomes at most Washington State Community and Technical Colleges. It should be noted that some colleges have additional outcomes.