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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL acknowledgments We’d like to thank the many people who contributed stories, examples, and photos to this workbook, including Lorrie Baird and the staff of Kawartha Child Care Services; the Burlington Little School; Martin Luther King Day Home Center; United Way Bright Beginnings in Houston, Texas; Christie Colunga and colleagues at Paradise Valley Community College; Laura McAllister and Sound Child Care Solutions; Valerie Rajotte and Montgomery Child Care Association; Anne Hentschel; Kristie Norwood; and Ijumaa Jordan. We also thank our early childhood colleagues in New Zealand for inspiring us with their work on learn- ing stories and professional development. We are very grateful to David Heath, Carla Valadez, and the entire Redleaf Press team for their insights and skills. And we give a special thanks to our families for their patience, understanding, and continued support. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL  ix