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McMullen, Mary Benson; Apple, Peggy – Young Children, 2012
Early childhood programs with infants and toddlers are bustling and alive in ways different from programs that have only preschoolers. Infants and toddlers can make group care environments more caring and family focused spaces, nurturing the well-being of all adults and children participating in the program. The number of infants and toddlers who…
Descriptors: Caring, Child Care, Infants, Early Childhood Education
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McMullen, Mary Benson; Addleman, Jennifer M.; Fulford, Amanda M.; Moore, Sarah L.; Mooney, Shari J.; Sisk, Samantha S.; Zachariah, Jasmine – Young Children, 2009
At the same time young babies are developing an understanding of self as separate from others--what it means to be "me"--many also face having to negotiate living, learning, growing, and developing as part of a group--what it means to be "we". This is true for more than half of all infants in the United States under the age of…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Prosocial Behavior, Child Development
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Apple, Peggy; McMullen, Mary Benson – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2007
In this article the authors explore the need for early childhood practitioners and scholars to engage in joint problem solving to create and support early childhood education and care (ECEC) professional development systems in which all constituents benefit. Primary constituent groups and principal decision-making bodies are defined and analyzed,…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Professional Development, Teacher Qualifications
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McMullen, Mary Benson; Alat, Kazim; Buldu, Mehmet; Lash, Martha – Young Children, 2004
In spring 2002, a national sample of more than 800 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) members working in the United States in the care and education of children age three to five responded to the following questions: (1) Are they happy with their work?; (2) Are they satisfied with their pay?; and (3) Are they engaged…
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Child Care, Preschool Education, Professional Associations