This book begins with an over view of child development that set's the stage for the rest of the book. This first part includes a chapter on various methods of studying child development and a chapter on leading theories of child development. It also contains chapters on heredity and pregnantly, the family, and major issues in the child care profession, including multiculturalism, children with special needs, health and safety. A detailed examination of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and children in the school years. The final part of the book consists of a step-by-step guide to planning a career and obtaining a job in the field of early childhood education. In the text uses either male or female examples in order to avoid awkwardness he/she and him/her constructions.