Current and prospective teachers and caregivers will greatly value Beginnings & Beyond for its well-organized and dynamic approach to teaching the fundamentals of early childhood education and the skills necessary to succeed in meeting the needs of young children. This edition promotes a "both/and" viewpoint, supporting the premise that there is more than one correct way to care for educate and young children. Discussions of early literacy, spiritual development, discipline, diversity and anti-bias strategies and family relationships are all presented from the "both/and" viewpoint. The book successfully uses a host of techniques for illustrating the concepts presented, such as guest editorials, focus boxes, footnotes and related Web sites. The readers' knowledge of this topic will be broad thanks to a multicultural approach with emphasis on NAEYC's developmentally appropriate practice. The book uses a host of techniques for illustrating the material and offers integrated technology for further exploration of the topic.