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There are certain issues of importance for all students in the field of early childhood education. Those training to be early childhood care providers and teachers will work with society’s youngest members at a critical time period of their lives. Work in this field is often seen as nothing more than playing with or babysitting infants and young children. However, students of early childhood education need to recognize the rich history and wide-ranging research supporting the field. Students also need to understand the importance and long-lasting effects of this significant work in a young child’s life—as well as in the lives of a child’s family.

Working in the varying environments serving families with young children requires solid education with guided practical experiences. This education includes knowledge ...

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