Childhood Education

Founded in 1924, Childhood Education is an academic journal owned and published by the Association for Childhood Education International, a professional association of educators and parents whose goal is to foster the development of sound educational practices for children from infancy through early adolescence. The journal is published six times per year. Its editorial offices are located in Olney, Md. Childhood Education has 12,000 member and institutional subscribers located in over 53 different countries. Membership consists of classroom teachers, school administrators, educational consultants, teachers-in-training, childcare workers, librarians, parents and caregivers. Articles provide information on topics related to innovative classroom practices, child development, family dynamics, international issues and original research. The journal also conducts product reviews of children's books, videos, software and teaching materials.Originally established in 1892, the Association for Childhood Education International is one of the country's longest-standing professional education associations. In 1946, the Association added the term “International” to its name as a means to demonstrate the organization's concern for and commitment to the education of children in affected war zones. In 1949, the Association became a forerunner of advocacy for civil rights when it denied requests from three states that it maintain separate memberships for blacks and whites. The following year, in 1950, the Association issued its Guide for Groups Wishing to Extend Invitations to ACEI. These guidelines provided stipulations that all Association invitations include the assurance that black members would receive equal access to hotel accommodations, restaurants and public transportation. In 2008, Childhood Education was honored when two of its articles, "The Changing Culture of Childhood: A Perfect Storm" and "Beyond Benchmarks and Scores: Reasserting the Role of Motivation and Interest in Children's Academic Achievement," were finalists for the EdPressDistinguished Achievement Awards. The Editor of Childhood Education is Anne Watson Bauer and Bruce Herzig is Assistant Editor.

Articles from Vol. 88, No. 4, July-August

A Fond Farewell
It seems fitting that the books reviewed in my final column as editor of children's book reviews for Childhood Education should all be picture books, since picture books are my great passion. Serving as editor of this column has been a joy for many...
A Heritage of Literacy in the Home
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One hundred percent literacy is a relatively modern goal. According to The Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago (n.d.), writing was invented in 3200 BC. However, it wasn't until the Industrial Revolution, in the...
Choosing a Great Preschool: A Parent's Perspective
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most of the parents I know have two full-time "jobs"--one at work outside the home and the other with their kids--and they brilliantly balance their myriad obligations. Many--whether employed outside the home or not--either...
Collaborate, Communicate & Differentiate! How to Increase Student Learning in Today's Diverse Schools
COLLABORATE, COMMUNICATE & DIFFERENTIATE! How To Increase Student Learning in Today's Diverse Schools. Wendy W. Murawski & Sally Spencer. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2011. 167 pp. $2Z63. Both authors are well-respected educators in the...
Community-Based Book Reading Programs for Parents Young Children Japan
Community-based volunteer programs to support children's book reading have existed in Japan for the past 70 years or so. Recently, because of the national emphasis on providing child-rearing support for families with young children, more programs are...
Comprehension across the Curriculum: Perspectives and Practices K-12
COMPREHENSION ACROSS THE CURRICULUM: Perspectives and Practices K-12. Kathy Ganske & Douglas Fisher. New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 2010. 313pp. $32.00. This book was originally intended for study groups, or to stimulate school district-wide...
Differentiation Is an Expectation: A School Leader's Guide to Building a Culture of Differentiation
DIFFERENTIATION IS AN EXPECTATION: A School Leader's Guide To Building a Culture of Differentiation. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt & Daniel K. Weckstein. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education, 2011. 135pp. $34.95. If you are a district leader, school principal,...
Early Childhood Education: History, Theory, and Practice (2Nd Ed.)
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: History, Theory, and Practice (2nd ed.). Harry Morgan. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011. 233pp. Paperback, $35.53. The author of this book is a professor of child development, learning theory, and research,...
Emotional Intelligences: A Missing Link in Educating Our Youth
The ultimate goal of education is to provide individuals with the emotional and academic skills necessary for academic and workplace success, as well as to develop informed and responsible community members (Elias, Arnold, & Hussey, 2003). Recent...
Growing Readers: Everyone's Job
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For this theme issue, we wanted to investigate what literacy opportunities are available to children before they begin formal schooling. In our personal experiences, we were familiar with the warm, tender scene of a parent/caregiver...
Inmate Mothers Bonding with Their Children through Read-Alouds
On a recent Saturday morning, 20 inmate mothers filed into the prison chapel at Alabama's Tutwiler Prison to participate in a unique program--The Storybook Project, a program of Aid to Inmate Mothers (AIM). AIM is a nonprofit organization that helps...
Learning to Read and the Preschool Years
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You have young preschool children. You think ahead to when they will begin school and wonder what you might do to make it easy for your children to learn to read. Here are some hints for parents and caregivers about learning...
Literacy Readiness: Transitional Partnerships between Preschool and Kindergarten
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The transition from preschool to elementary school is an important period for all families but can be particularly difficult for children from low-income families (Pianta, Rimm-Kaufman, & Cox, 1999). Transition involves...
My Very Own Imagination Library
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Puff, puff, chug, chug went the Little Blue Engine. 'I think I can--I think I can--I think I can.'" Words of encouragement, read lovingly to a child in the arms of a caregiver, build dreams for young children. Books in...
Profile of a City: What One City Is Doing to Make Early Education Available to Every Child
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children. --Dietrich Bonhoeffer Many municipalities, armed with research showing the immense benefits of early education, are struggling to ensure children...
Promoting Preschool Literacy: A Family Literacy Program for Homeless Mothers and Their Children
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Literacy programs often target preschool children who are from minority groups, are from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and are second language learners, as they are deemed to be at risk for academic difficulties. The family...
Public Engagement for Public Education: Joining Forces to Revitalize Democracy and Equalize Schools
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION: Joining Forces To Revitalize Democracy and Equalize Schools. Edited by Marion Orr and John Rogers. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. 328pp. Paperback, $24.95. This book describes why public engagement...
"Read It! Do It! Tell It! Play It!" Preschoolers and Their Families Having Fun with Stories
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Early planting and nurturing of the seeds that will grow into a love of stories and reading can make a huge, positive difference in children's literacy development and academic success. Ethan: "I can't wait to go home and...
Teaching New Literacies in Grades 4-6: Resources for 21st Century Classrooms
TEACHING NEW LITERACIES IN GRADES 4-6: Resources for 21st Century Classrooms. Barbara Moss & Diane Lapp. New York, NY." The Guilford Press, 2010. 354pp. Paperback, $35.00. Today's teachers have the unique task of engaging students with multiple...
The Journey toward Literacy Begins in Infancy: The Reach out and Read Innovation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms throughout the United States by giving new books to children and advice to parents about...