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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Acknowledgments We would like to thank Kyra Ostendorf of Redleaf Press for her support and enthusiasm, as well as Deanne Kells for her patience and thoughtful editing. We would also like to extend a special thank you to all of the family child care providers who have shared their concerns and perspectives in ways that consistently reflect their commitment to quality child care. To the Family Child Care Association of New York State, we would like to say thank you for inviting us to present at your conference. The discussions that first took place there were the genesis of this book. Lastly, we would like to extend our appreciation to the children in our lives who inspire us to help make child care as rewarding an experience as possible. Thank you to Benjamin, Cole, Luca, and Ellie. Our sincere gratitude to Richie and Ryan, Josh and Michael, Alleyah and Martin, Wilson, Amari, Javien, and Mia. xi COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL