Acknowledgments I have many people to thank for helping make this book possible. First, I want to
thank my family for their support and encouragement. To my husband, thank you
for supporting my efforts to give back to the field of early education. Your help in
cooking meals, helping around the house, and printing photos allowed me the time
I needed to create and write the activities in this book. To my daughters, Kim and
Kat, thank you for your interest in and excitement about my writing. To my mother,
brother, and sister, thank you for always being my greatest champions. Thanks to my
friend Ingrid Anderson for your support on this book. A special thanks to Kimberly
Bohannon for your creativity and willingness to contribute your songs and chants.
Your sense of humor and playfulness has added to the joy of writing this book. To
Shawn Thomas, thank you for your photography and creativity. It has been a plea-
sure to capture the images of children from birth to age three with you.
To the staff of the Orange Coast College Harry and Grace Steele Children’s Center
and the Hatsue Daman Family Child Care Center, thank you for allowing me to pho
tograph your amazing early child care programs. To my friend Stacy Deeble-Reynolds,
thank you for letting me take photographs in your home. And a special thanks to my
friends and colleagues who let me photograph their beautiful children.
I thank the editorial team at Redleaf Press, especially the work of Jeanne Engelmann
and Kyra Ostendorf. Your ideas and direction provided focus to the book. To the cre-
ative team at Redleaf Press, thank you for making the activities come to life through
formatting and images. And to you, the reader of this book: You are important in the
lives of very young children. You make a tremendous difference in their growth and
development. As a responsive caregiver, you help children begin their lives in loving,
caring, and nurturing environments. My goal in creating the activities in this book is
to make them easy and fun to incorporate into your program. Infant and toddlerhood
are amazing times of discovery and exploration. I hope you will enjoy expanding chil-
dren’s learning through the playful activities in this book.