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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET ABOUT YOUNG CHILDREN 19 4. Are there any preschoolers currently enrolled in the program who have iden- tified special medical or developmental needs? If so, what are the needs, and what supports exist to provide appropriate care for these children? 5. How do preschool teachers learn about the cultural preferences, practices, or traditions of families using the program? 6. Tour a preschool classroom with your Orientation Mentor. Look for examples of the unique needs of preschoolers and some of the developmental expectations during the preschool years. Initials Interacting with Young Children Whether you are working with infants, toddlers, or preschoolers, most of your day will involve interaction with children. Interacting with children involves meeting their needs, playing alongside them, engaging them in conversation, suggesting activities, offering choices, and a host of other possible actions. In her book The Intentional Teacher, Ann Epstein says, “Children’s interactions with teachers and peers, more than any other program feature, can determine what children learn and how they feel about learning” (2014, 18). How and when you choose to interact with the children in your care is a very important part of your teaching. Perhaps you are thinking, “Interacting with children is the easy part of this job. I love children.” In many ways you are right: it is fun, and sometimes easy, to interact with young children. But it takes thoughtful, or intentional, behavior on your part to ensure that your interactions with the children in your care support their positive development and potential for learning. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL