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Baumgartner, Jennifer J.; DiCarlo, Cynthia F.; Apavaloaie, Loredana – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early childhood professionals are familiar with finding and appreciating daily moments of joy. Teachers smile inside and out when toddlers are able to pull up their own pants, preschoolers write their names for the first time, or kindergarteners figure out how to make complicated patterns with blocks. Working with young children can also be very…
Descriptors: Young Children, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Burnout, Teaching Conditions
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Cellitti, Anarella – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
The United States is becoming increasingly diverse, so early childhood educators are often among the first to work with families whose primary languages are other than English. Many parents, guardians, and family members do speak English but not fluently enough to feel comfortable communicating with teachers or administrators. When educators and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Children, English (Second Language), Limited English Speaking
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Phillips, Marian B.; Hatch, J. Amos – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2000
Describes reorganization of an early childhood education program for teachers at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Lists changes in program elements, highlights program goals, describes key conceptual features, and includes student comments as evidence of program effectiveness. Notes that program focus is developing the students' capacity…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Higher Education, Program Improvement