Curriculum for Young Children: An Introduction, 2nd Edition

  • Eve-Marie Arce Shasta College
  • ISBN-10: 1111837996  |  ISBN-13: 9781111837990
  • 256 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2000
  • © 2013 | Published
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Here is succinct, step-by-step guidance on developing and managing curriculum for early childhood education. Written by an experienced teacher in the field, this brief, easy-to-read book presents basic methods for meeting the needs of children and how to adapt them to existing programs. It also compares similar approaches in early childhood education, and helps teachers plan curriculum to maximize the time they can spend with the children and their parents. Teachers and parents alike will find this volume to be a very useful resource.

Features and Benefits

  • A consistent focus on curriculum provides the essentials without overwhelming readers with related, but potentially confusing, information.
  • Introductory material on curriculum provides a solid foundation for users with or without previous knowledge of child growth and development.
  • A model for managing curriculum activities and resources helps teachers organize their time, and consequently have more time for the children.
  • Diversity issues are included throughout the book rather than isolated in a single chapter.
  • Curriculum Activity Guides are available on the website as well as integrated into the text.

Table of Contents

1. Curriculum for Young Children: As Valuable and as Much Fun as You Can Make It!
2. Considering Children's Needs: Facilitating Early Childhood Skill Development.
3. Early Curriculum Basics: Creativity, Play, and the Environment.
4. Environments for Young Children: Places for Curriculum.
5. Designing a Managed Curriculum: Beginning with Review and a Plan.
6. Activities for Young Children: Managing Good Ideas.
7. Physical Development: Health, Safety, and Nutrition; Movement; and Music and Rhythm Activities.
8. Affective and Aesthetic Development Activities for Young Children.
9. Cognitive and Language Development Activities for Young Children.
10. Professional Growth: Success with Curriculum Management.
Appendix A. Curriculum Activity Guides.
Appendix B. Reproducible Sample Forms.

What's New

  • New and improved coverage of NAEYC and DAP standards includes callouts to help students identify where key standards are addressed in the text. A new standards correlation chart provides a convenient reference guide to in-text coverage.
  • Increased coverage of diversity and multiculturalism throughout the text reflects the changing cultural makeup of the modern classroom.
  • New content includes enhanced material on how child development affects curriculum.
  • Current coverage of key topics includes new information on outdoor play, environmental sustainability, and diverse family involvement.
  • A new vibrant two-color design helps students identify key terms, activity guide callouts, video integration, and other features. Photos, the majority of which are new, help to illustrate important concepts.
  • New! A new video feature is integrated into the text, with reflection questions, to further illustrate key concepts. Videos, which provide your students with an accurate picture of actual teaching situations and challenges, are available for viewing at the Early Childhood Education Media Library.
  • Forms appear in thumbnail format in the book, and are available on the Companion Website for download into Microsoft® Word and Microsoft® Excel. This allows students to customize the forms for their own settings; for instance, adding their child development center logo or items required by their Board of Directors, county, or state.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"It is a really simple book and easy to use for students just starting out in the field."

— Tamar Andrews, Santa Monica College

"Easy to follow, easy to read. Lots of examples."

— Dawn Burgess, National University

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Eve-Marie Arce

Dr. Eve-Marie Arce has been active throughout her career in statewide professional organizations that advocate for children. She has served as a member at large, secretary, and President (for two years) of the CAEYC. She has also been a California delegate for the NAEYC Affiliate Council. In 2005 she retired as a faculty member at Shasta College, having taught early childhood education and child psychology courses for twenty years. During that time she was active with the California Community College Early Childhood Educators and chaired the Chancellor's Advisory on Child Development and Instruction.