Acknowledgments I have so many people to thank for supporting me while I wrote this book. First, my
husband, for your love and support. For many months, you ignored piles of books on
the dining room table, cooked for me, and gave me the time I needed to write. My
daughters, Kim and Kat, you’re a constant reminder to me of what I can accomplish
through hard work and dedication. Your love over the years has made all the differ-
ence to me. My mother, brother, and sister, you listened and shared my excitement
about writing this book and joyfully shared my accomplishments. My friends, for
your generous encouragement and interest in the book. Some of you were there with
me from the beginning of this project, and others joined me along the way; I ap-
preciate all of you and treasure your friendship. I especially want to thank my friend
Stacy Deeble-Reynolds for allowing me to photograph your home, and my friends
and colleagues who allowed me to photograph your beautiful children.
The staff at the Orange Coast College’s Harry and Grace Steel Children’s Center
and the Hatsue Damain Family Child Care Center—you let me photograph your
amazing early child care programs. Your commitment to high-quality programs is
evident in the smiling faces of the children. A special thanks to Shawn Thomas for
your photography and creativity; it was a pleasure to work with you on this book. I
thank Doctor Scott Gray, Kim, and Kat for reading the first rough draft of this book
and giving me feedback and direction.
The team at Redleaf Press offered me your dedication and hard work. Editors
Jeanne Engelmann and Kyra Ostendorf helped make writing this book a pleasure.
David Heath at Redleaf offered me early support and the chance to share my thoughts
about infants and toddlers with others. The creative team at the press understood
what was needed to strengthen the content and flow of the book.
Last, I want to thank the many adults who care for infants and toddlers every
day. Your commitment to the care and well-being of our youngest children is com-
mendable. I hope you’ll find this book useful and practical, whether you’re students
going into the field of early care and education or providers who are already caring
To my readers: may you always remember that what you do makes a difference
in young children’s lives.