This third edition encompasses a full range of relevant topics with enough information to offer sufficient depth without overwhelming students. Text provides a comprehensive overview of the field of early childhood education, including an introduction to child development, an historic and theoretical view of the field, socialization and helping children deal with stress. The text incorporates the latest research in a useful way, linking its relevance to practical application. Current national and professional developments are discussed in special features to provide linkage to contemporary happenings. A separate edition for instructors has a built-in instruction guide with suggested assignments, class activities, and films.