Sharon Godley, Christine Caro Bowie, Jean Robbins, Pam Pifer, Carli McK-
enney, Mike Kruse, Kate Herron, Karla Beard-Leroy, Natalie Ripley, Rachel
Kennedy, and Jennifer Berg-Wallish.
To Erin Stanfill, I want to extend a special thanks for her constant encour-
agement and support not only while I was writing this book but as we pursued
our master’s degrees at the Erikson Institute and our National Board Teacher
Certification. Kudos to the staff at the Erikson Institute for providing a high-quality
graduate program from which I was able to develop a deep understanding of
the many factors that influence how children grow and develop.
I want to thank the wonderful team at Redleaf Press. I truly appreciate
their collaborative process of working with authors. Kyra Ostendorf, my editor,
deserves special recognition for helping craft this resource for teachers.
Many thanks go to Chip Donohue for not only his contribution to this
book but his contribution to the field of early childhood and his unending
advocacy for meaningful technology use in classrooms and programs across
I want to thank my family for their constant encouragement to embrace
new challenges. To my wife, Emily: without your unending support, flexibility,
and understanding, I could not have completed this book.
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