- Comprises 30 contributions from both established scholars and emerging leaders in the field
- The editors have a distinguished reputation in early childhood development
- Covers biological development, cognitive development, language development, and social, emotional and regulatory development
- Considers the applications of psychology to the care and education of young children, treating issues such as poverty, media, and the transition to school
- A valuable resource for students, scholars and practitioners dealing with young children
Part I: Conceptual Frameworks.
Nature and Nurture in Early Childhood. (Kirby Deater-Deckard and Katherine Cahill).
Vulnerability and Resilience in Early Child Development. (Ann S. Masten and Abigail H. Gewirtz).
Family Influences on the Development of Young Children’s Competence. (Michael J. Guralnick).
Intersections Among Domains of Development. (Catherine C. Ayoub and Kurt W. Fischer).
Part II: Early Biological and Physiological Development.
Early Brain Development and Plasticity. (Jane W. Couperus and Charles A. Nelson).
Social Regulation of Stress in Early Child Development. (Megan R. Gunnar).
Temperament. (Jennifer N. Martin and Nathan A. Fox).
Part III: Cognitive Development.
Early Conceptual Development. (Susan A. Gelman).
Executive Functions in Developing Children: Current Conceptualizations and Questions for the Future. (Marilyn C. Welsh, Sarah L. Friedman, and Susan J. Spieker).
Developing Social Understanding in a Social Context. (Rachel Barr).
Mathematical Thinking and Learning. (Herbert P. Ginsburg, Joanna Cannon, Janet Eisenband, and Sandra Pappas).
Part IV: Language and Communicative Development.
Language Experience and Language Milestones During Early Childhood. (Erika Hoff).
How Children Learn Language: A Focus on Resilience. (Susan Goldin-Meadow).
What counts as literacy in early childhood? (Catherine E. Snow).
Part V: Social, Emotional, and Regulatory Development.
Getting Along with Others: Social Competence in Early Childhood. (Richard A. Fabes, Bridget M. Gaertner, and Tiernay K. Popp).
Feeling and Understanding: Early Emotional Development. (Ross A. Thompson and Kristin H. Lagattuta).
Temperament, Attention, and the Development of Self-Regulation. (Mary K. Rothbart, Michael I. Posner, and Jessica Kieras).
Maladjustment in Preschool Children: A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective. (Susan B. Campbell).
Part VI: The Social Ecology of Early Development.
Family Systems. (Marc H. Bornstein and Jeanette Sawyer).
Poverty in Early Childhood. (Eric Dearing, Daniel Berry, and Martha Zaslow).
Orphanages as a Developmental Context for Early Childhood. (Charles H. Zeanah, Anna T. Smyke, and Lisa D. Settles).
Peer Relationships in Early Childhood. (Deborah Lowe Vandell, Lana Nenide, and Sara J. Van Winkle).
Child Care and Early Childhood Education. (Deborah Phillips, Kathleen McCartney, and Amy L. Sussman).
The Social Ecology of the Transition to School: Classrooms, Families, and Children. (Robert C. Pianta and Sara Rimm-Kaufman).
Media and Early Development. (Sandra L. Calvert).
Part VII: Policy Issues.
Evaluating Early Childhood Assessments: A Differential Analysis. (Samuel J. Meisels and Sally Atkins-Burnett).
Head Start: What Do We Know About Its Effectiveness? What Do We Need to Know? (John M. Love, Louisa Banks Tarullo, Helen Raikes, and Rachel Chazan-Cohen).
Early Childhood Policy: A Comparative Perspective. (Jane Waldfogel).
Promoting Social Competence in Early Childhood: Classroom Curricula and Social Skills Coaching Programs. (Karen L. Bierman and Stephen A. Erath).
Treatment and Prevention of Conduct Problems: Parent Training Interventions for Young Children (2–7 Years Old). (Carolyn Webster-Stratton and M. Jamila Reid).