This up-to-date comprehensive book, with contributions by major experts in the field, focuses on models, approaches, and issues that deal with prominent and tested practices in early childhood education today. It provides coverage of many more models and topics than other books in the field. The book's major strengths are its pluralistic approach and the expertise of the authors. Includes a new Chapter on Reggio Emilia by Rebecca New. Includes chapters on Bank Street, Montessori and Head Start. Provides coverage of Inclusion and Multicultural Education issues that affect Early Childhood Education and Parent-School relations. Organizes the text by approaches, models, and issues. Includes current knowledge on practices and research findings. An ideal text for readers interested in issues in early childhood education.