Our Book

Many in our country now recognize the critical need for quality, affordable child care. This book discusses the qualities of an effective early child care program and the need to provide children with experiences that will prepare them for future emotional, social, and academic success.

By examining high-quality early child care within a real-life setting, this resource transcends the gap between the theoretical and the practical in the education of young children. It illustrates how to build a successful program, handle the inevitable challenges, and achieve and sustain positive results. Using their experience in child therapy and child development, the authors demonstrate how to:

  • Create healthy relationships for children and adults
  • Build on children’s sense of wonder and joy for learning in preparation for later academic experiences
  • Use families’ ethnic/cultural diversity as a teaching tool
  • Maintain professional standards for managers and staff

If you are an early childhood educator or administrator, a student preparing for a career in the field, the parent of a young child, or anyone striving to make a difference in the lives of children, Developing Quality Care for Young Children will be invaluable to you. We urge you to take a few minutes to browse through this website. You can check out the book’s Table of Contents here.

We know that you will find Developing Quality Care for Young Children an indispensable guide to early child care. Check out what people in the field have said about the book by clicking here to read our Endorsements.


“The book’s power is in its details which utilize nuance from the ‘small places,’ here a child care center. With detail of everyday moments in everyday lives, they breathe life into principles gathered from the study of many fields over decades…. This child care center is an inspiration, while Developing Quality Care for Young Children is, itself, a dedicated little miracle…The Beckers provide the light of substance for child care workers, directors, teachers, graduate and undergraduate educators, policy makers and “their” children alike, and its messages are a lamp into the darkness, clear, warm and true.”

From the Foreword by Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok,

Director of the Institute for Infants, Children and Families Jewish Board of Family and  Children’s Services