Child, Family, School, Community was first published in 1985. The concept for the book emerged from a consortium of early childhood education professors in California, myself included, at an annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The consortium met to share syllabi for the course in child, family, and community relations, required by the state of California for an early childhood teacher’s license. There was no textbook.
Our group continued to meet for several years at the annual conference. We shared frustrations about training teachers, about being sensitive to diversity, about developmental appropriateness, about communication with parents, about the impact of societal and technological change, and so on. We concurred that a book was sorely needed to encapsulate all the pertinent information for students. I took on the challenge and have continued to be challenged through each of nine editions.
Most influential in my organization of the material was Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner’s approach to studying human development. He was my child development and family relationships professor at Cornell University, and I had followed his work after graduation and implemented it in my teaching at the community college and the university.