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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Acknowledgments IN CHAPTER 1, I STATE that this book has the potential to make this a defining moment for early childhood education (ECE) by helping propel the field into its next era. Reaching a moment like this doesn’t happen without many people being able to take credit. We are on the cusp of a budding movement to rethink ECE’s structure as a field of practice, enabling it to become more capable of fulfilling its promise. So my first expression of gratitude goes to the many colleagues— too many to name and some of whom are anonymous to me—who are stepping forward to make professionalizing ECE as a field of practice a cause. I also want to thank the many people who have listened to my ideas and helped to make them stronger and clearer. Also stepping forward is the National Association for the Education of Young Chil- dren. Someone questioning me about how NAEYC will be involved in this effort follows almost every presentation I’ve done on this topic. I’m most appreciative to Rhian Evans Allvin for her foreword and to NAEYC for its decision to make Profes- sionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era a member- ship benefit. I eagerly anticipate the association’s leadership in the context of its new strategic priority that seeks to ensure the ECE profession “exemplifies excellence and is recognized as vital and performing a critical role in society.” 1 Kyra Ostendorf is another of those individuals who has stepped forward. Upon first hearing of my interest in creating a conversation guide, she proposed Redleaf Press as its publisher. She not only shepherded the idea through to acceptance, she also was central in placing its publication on a super-fast track so it would quickly be available. Thanks go to David Heath and his staff, especially Heidi Hogg, Laurie Herrmann, Doug Schmitz, and Jim Handrigan for ensuring the tar- get date for publication came to fruition. David not only is the director of Redleaf Press, he also was my editor, and his commitment to my book and its message came through loud and clear. Deb Flis, whom I so admire as a friend and colleague, provided a very helpful review before the manuscript was sent to Redleaf Press. So did Michael Koetje, |   xvii  | COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL