52 Early Childhood Education

Last update: Mar 6/24


ECE textbook collection (English and Spanish) (CC BY) by Curriculum Alignment Project

Open educational resources in Early Childhood Education (various licenses) by various


Child Development and Early Childhood Education (CC BY-NC) provided by CC on-line

From the ASCCC OER Initiative (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges).


Child, Family, and Community – Spring 2021 version (CC BY) by Rebecca Laff, Cindy Stephens, and Wendy Ruiz

This textbook is a presentation of how and why children grow, develop, and learn including how we change physically over time from conception through adolescence.

Child Family Community: The Socialization of Diverse Children (CC BY-NC-SA) by various

This text is a guide and resource in building awareness, knowledge, and skills for current or future educators. The chapters are organized with learning objectives, embedded terms and definitions, critical reflection, and practical application of the content and topics. Topics include introduction to socialization and theories; why culture is important; what is a family; community; school; building collaborative relationships with families; welcoming and supporting families; and contemporary issues for children and families.

Early childhood Literacy: Engaging and Empowering Emergent Readers and Writers from Birth – Age 5   (CC BY) by Christine Pegorraro Schull; Leslie La Croix; Sara E. Miller; Kimberly Sanders Austin; and Julie K. Kidd

This book outlines the connection between different areas of language and literacy and describes strategies for supporting development and promoting instruction. Early literacy includes reading, writing, and language development. Writing includes any early writing attempts and pre-writing behaviors just as reading includes any early reading attempts and recognition of symbols and sounds. Language also includes listening and speaking (oral language) and the use of gestures and signs to communicate. This text assumes oral language is a component of language and embraces the broader term to underscore the communication practices outside of listening and speaking.

EDU 109 – Music for the Young Child (CC BY-NC-SA) Adapted by Denise Cummings-Clay

From Hostos Community College, this book takes a holistic approach to the study of music, drawing from diverse fields such as music education, ethnomusicology, sociology, and cognitive sciences. The book takes into account many different perspectives on a child’s development rather than approaching it by focusing on only one subject.

The ELC – An Early Childhood Learning Community at Work (CC BY-NC)  Author(s): Heather Bridge, Lorraine Melita and Patricia Roiger

The ELC professional development model was designed to improve the quality of teacher candidates’ Practicum field placements and align teaching in field placements with Learning Standards used in the teacher education program.

The Early Literacy Journey: Supporting and Celebrating Young Learners (CC BY-NC) by Sandra Carrie Garvey

This adapted work provides an overview of language and literacy development in the early years, from birth through preschool. It examines the critical role that these years play in the emergence of literacy. All aspects of this area of development, reading, writing, speaking, and listening are explored and considered.

Infant and Toddler Care and Development (CC BY-NC-SA) by Taintor and LaMarr

This comprehensive textbook covers a wide range of topics related to infant and toddler care and development. Each section is intended to stand on its own, in order to encourage remixing. Topics covered include an introduction to infants and toddlers; physical, brain, motor, sensory and perceptual, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development; infant and toddler mental health; language acquisition; attachment and reciprocal relationships; temperament; licensing and regulations; caregiving practices; indoor and outdoor environment; an introduction to observation; and curriculum, assessment, and documentation.

Infant and Toddler Education and Care (CC BY-NC-SA) by Susan Eliason

This textbook covers several topics in infant and toddler education and care. Topics include toddler development; development influences, including culture, nutrition, health, socio-economic status, and engaging families; professional resources and organizations; scheduling and overall design considerations when creating environments; and information about creating environments to enhance social and emotional development, physical health and well-being, language and communication, and cognitive development.

Introduction to Careers in Child Development (CC BY-NC-SA) by Gloria San Jose Daims

This book contains academic and career information in the field of early childhood education and child development. It can be used as a textbook for child development and related courses.

Introduction to Childhood Studies (CC BY-NC-SA) by Susan Eliason

Introduction to key concepts in the study of childhood from multidisciplinary perspectives. It examines the historical and socio-cultural constructions of “the child” and childhood, exploring topics such as child development, cultural notions of adolescence, children as social agents, children’s rights and challenges facing children in both local and global contexts.

Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education (CC BY) by Jennifer Paris, Kristin Beeve, & Clint Springer

Learn how to effectively plan curriculum for young children.

Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education (CC BY) by Jennifer Paris

A textbook that discusses observation and assessment in the context of early childhood education.

Parenting and Family Diversity Issues (CC BY-NC-SA) by Diana Lang

This book has been created for students and all individuals who work with children and families (e.g., educators, parents, caregivers, direct support workers, etc.) in diverse contexts.  It is imperative to understand how and what factors may influence child outcomes across the lifespan. Therefore, key concepts related to parenting, child-rearing, care-giving, and parenting education are outlined in this textbook to provide historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives across vast settings and developmental domains.

Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children – Early Release (CC BY) provided by Jennifer Paris

The Role of Equity and Diversity on Early Childhood Education(CC BY)  by Jennifer Paris

A textbook that discusses equity and diversity in the context of early childhood education.

The Whole Child: Development in the Early Years (CC-BY-NC-SA) by Doris Buckley and Deirdre Budzyna

The Whole Child: Development in the Early Years is an OER written specifically for the emerging child psychology student or early childhood educator in mind. Team members Doris Buckley, Deirdre Budzyna, Rick Lizotte, Marilyn Billings, and Sue Tashijan emphasized the field of early childhood education is constantly changing and it is important to include up to date research from a diverse variety of perspectives. This text gives an overview of development, providing students with a strong understanding of how young children develop in a way that is both comprehensive and concise.

This chapter is adapted from Early Childhood Education in OER by Discipline Directory by Edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray.


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