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Essentials of Early Childhood Education, 5th Edition

  • Jane Bertrand
  • Carol Gestwicki
  • ISBN-10: 0176531750
  • ISBN-13: 9780176531751
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2008, 2003
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

Essentials of Early Childhood Education remains one of the most revered texts in the field. The text emphasizes the importance of experience, interactions, and environments to support children in development. This edition highlights up-to-date coverage, statistics, and references to new Canadian studies as well as validates Early Childhood Education as a critical and meaningful vocation. Essentials of Early Childhood Education will provide students with the foundations necessary to study further in their field and achieve success in their field placements and practicum. The book focuses on issues that must be addressed to prepare individuals to work with young children and families in early development stages.


  • Research in Practice feature highlights examples of evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence that guide early child development policies and practices.

  • Making It Happen boxes feature early child development programs from across the country.

  • Each chapter features objectives, review questions, study activities, and suggested readings. Key Terms are defined at the end of each chapter.

About the Author

Jane Bertrand

Jane Bertrand is an early childhood educator who graduated from the ECE diploma program at St Lawrence College in Kingston in 1975. She also has a B.A. in psychology from Queen’s University and a M.Ed. in early childhood from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Jane is currently a faculty member in the Early Childhood program at George Brown College. She has had many opportunities to work across the early childhood sector - in programs, policy development and research. Recently she has participated on the Toronto First Duty Research and Development team, the research and writing team for the Early Years 2: Putting Science into Action and contributed to the development and revisions of the Science of Early Child Development, a multi-media curriculum resource.

Carol Gestwicki

Carol Gestwicki was an instructor in the early childhood education program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, for over 30 years. Her teaching responsibilities have included supervising students in classroom situations as they work with families. Earlier in her career, she worked with children and families in a variety of community agencies and schools in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, and Namibia (South West Africa). She received her MA from Drew University. She has been an active member of the NAEYC for many years, including making numerous presentations at state and national conferences. She has been a Fellow in the Early Childhood Leadership Development Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she has been associated with the T.E.A.C.H. Model/Mentor program. Her other publications include more than two dozen articles about child development and family issues and scripts and design for 14 audiovisual instructional programs. She has three other books on topics in early education published by Delmar Learning: Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Curriculum and Development in Early Education, Fifth edition (2013); Essentials of Early Education (1997); and Authentic Childhood: Exploring Reggio Emilia in the Classroom (2002). Currently, she writes a regular column titled “Grandma Says” for Growing Child.

Table of Contents

Section One: Early Childhood Programs Today
Chapter 1: Early Childhood Programs
Chapter 2: Early Childhood Education Curriculum
Chapter 3: Quality in Early Childhood Programs

Section Two: The Early Childhood Workforce
Chapter 4: Early Childhood Educators
Chapter 5: Becoming an Early Childhood Educator
Chapter 6: The Work Environment

Section Three: The Early Childhood Workforce Comes of Age
Chapter 7: The Roots of Early Childhood Education in Canada
Chapter 8: The Modern Profession
Chapter 9: Advocacy

New to this edition

  • Full-colour photographs were taken on location at childcare centres, family childcare homes, schools, and hospitals, and feature children who responded spontaneously, in order to provide accurate "snapshots" of real world early childhood education.
  • Findings from the 2014 Early Childhood Education Report are used to update statistics and discussions throughout.
  • New discoveries from the Early Years Study 3 highlight governance, access, funding, quality and monitoring of early childhood programs
  • Increased coverage of play and play-based learning has been included


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Only Instructor's Resources to accompany Bertrand's Essentials of Early Childhood Education, Fifth Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176723099 | ISBN-13: 9780176723095)

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