Issues, Advocacy, and Leadership in Early Education, 2nd edition

  • Mary A. Jensen
  • Mary Anne Hannibal

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This book meets the needs of today's early childhood teachers, administrators, and community leaders who are seeking to become better acquainted with critical issues in early education and to develop their own advocacy and leadership skills. It provides the tools and knowledge necessary for early childhood professionals to advocate for and address the implications of child-related policies. KEY TOPICS: The book's articles and activities involve readers in an investigation of and reflection on issues and advocacy action. Readers are presented with various viewpoints that engage their critical thinking skills and expand their advocacy abilities, both inside and outside their immediate professional settings. Incorporated into the chapters are cases and vignettes, discussion questions, advocacy and leadership activities, advocacy strategy guidelines, fact sheets, and suggestions for additional resources and further readings. MARKET: For anyone interested in policy or issues in Early Childhood Education.

Table of contents

Most chapters include “Ask Yourself,” “Advocacy and Leadership Strategies,” “References and Suggested Readings.”


Demographic Trends in Childhood Education.

Advocacy and Leadership: New Professional Challenges.

Characteristics of Effective Advocates and Leaders.

Strategies for Developing Advocacy Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions.

A Current-Events Portfolio.

Framework for an On-Site Study of an Early Childhood Program.

Looking Ahead.

2.Gender Identity, Gender Role, and Sex Education.

Karyn Wellhousen, Girls Can Be Bull Riders, Too!

Donna Couchenour and Kent Chrisman, Healthy Sexuality Development in Young Children.

Jennifer Lakey, Teachers and Parents Define Diversity in an Oregon Preschool Cooperative — Democracy at Work.

3.Media and Technology.

Lauryn Axelrod, Peggy Charren: The Mother of Children's Television.

American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP Addresses TV Programming for Children Under Age 2.

Amy Aidman, Television Violence: Content, Context, and Consequences.

Richard Louv, Shaping TV for Kids.

PC World Magazine, Your Children Are Talking to Strangers.

4.Child Health and Child Health Risks.

Larry Aber and Julian Palmer, Poverty and Brain Development in Early Childhood.

Ruth A. Wilson, Healthy Habitats for Children.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,Healthy Child Care America: A Blueprint for Action.

Mary A. Jensen, Multiple Voices for Advocacy: The Story of WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children).

5.Abuse, Neglect, and Violence in Children's Lives.

Concerned Educators Allied for a Safe Environment, The Effects of Violence on Children's Lives.

James Garbarino, CAN Reflections on 20 Years of Searching.

Derry Koralek, Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect.

6.Diversity and Equity.

Louise Derman-Sparks, Empowering Children to Create a Culture in a World of Differences.

Debbie Reese, Teaching Young Children about Native Americans.

Laurel Shaper Walters, The Bilingual Debate.

Joan Lieber, Paula J. Beckman, Marci J. Hanson, Susan Janko, Jules M. Marquart, Eva Horn, and Samuel L. Odom, The Impact of Changing Roles on Relationships between Professionals in Inclusive Programs for Young Children.

7.The Family: Parenting Education and Family Involvement in Education.

Marge Scherer, On Our Changing Family Values: A Conversation with David Elkind.

Family Involvement Partnership for Learning, Partners in Learning: How Schools Can Support Family Involvement in Education.

Brent A. McBride and Thomas R. Rane, Father/Male Involvement in Early Childhood Programs.

Glenda Zeak, Portrait of a Head Start Parent.

Penny Hauser-Cram, Backing Away Helpfully: Some Roles Teachers Shouldn't Fill.

Sharon L. Kagan, The Changing Face of Parenting Education.

8.Developmentally Appropriate and Educationally Worthwhile Practice.

Ruth A. Wilson, Developmentally Appropriate Interpretation with Preschool Children.

Rosalind Charlesworth, Developmentally Appropriate Practice Is for Everyone.

David Ruenzel, Paradise Lost.

9.Quality in Child Care and Early Education.

National Center for Early Development and Learning, Quality in Child Care Centers.

Linda Jacobson, Yale Study Faults Child Care in All 50 States.

Valerie Polakow, Who Cares for the Children? Denmark's Unique Public Child-Care Model.

Joy Shioshita, National Campaign Calls for Worthy Wages for Child Care.


Websites and Website Links.

Advocacy Tips.

Writing Advocacy Letters.

Working with the Media.

Visiting Public Officials.

Planning a Visit to Child Care Centers for Legislators.

Developing a Policy Briefing Paper.

Guidelines for an Informal Debate.

Four Steps to Selecting a Child Care Provider.

Facts about Child Care in America.

The Rights of the Child: Summary of the United Nations' Convention.

Are There Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect? (Are There Signs That a Family May Be in Trouble?).

Diversity in the Classroom: A Checklist.

Books Related to Ethnic Diversity.


Published by Pearson (October 28th 1999) - Copyright © 2000