Early Childhood Education

Adopted at NSCC

List of ECE Open Textbooks already adopted at NSCC.


Child Development and Early Childhood Education (CC BY-NC)

From the ASCCC OER Initiative (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges).

Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) = digital textbooks available for FREE to students.

OER mapping for ECE courses in California. Some of the open textbooks referenced in the course mappings may also be contained in the textbook listing below.

Social Foundations of Early Childhood Education  (CC BY-NC-SA)

Andrew April  / Queens College

This course is an introduction to the social, historical, and philosophical foundations of early childhood education in the United States. Through critical analysis of required reading, class discussion, and writing, we will explore how the dynamics of schooling relate to larger social, cultural, economic, political and historical forces.

OpeN Textbooks

Child Development (CC BY)

Lumen Learning

College of the Canyons (COC) – ZTC Program

Format: Pressbooks Compatible

Child Development CC BY

Denise Cummings-Clay / Hostos Community College
Adapted from Lumen Learning
Format: Pressbooks

Child, Family, and Community 2019 Edition (CC BY)

Rebecca Laff and Wendy Ruiz / College of the Canyons (COC) – ZTC Program

This textbook is a presentation of how and why children grow, develop, and learn including how we change physically over time from conception through adolescence.

Format: PDF,  Word

Child, Family, and Community  2021 Edition (CC BY)

Rebecca Laff and Wendy Ruiz / College of the Canyons (COC) – ZTC Program

This textbook is a presentation of how and why children grow, develop, and learn including how we change physically over time from conception through adolescence.

Format: LibreTexts – PDF, Web-book

Child Growth and Development Canadian Edition (CC BY-NC-SA)

Tanya Pye; Susan Scoffin; Janice Quade; and Jane Krieg / Loyalist College / 2022

A brand-new Canadian edition of Child Growth and Development based on the College of the Canyons Child Growth and Development by Paris, Ricardo, Rymond, and Johnson.
“The Canadian context has been added to align with the College of ECEs Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice as well as the Ministry of Education the Child and Early Years Act and finally speaks to the Calls to Action published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Format: Pressbooks

Child Growth and Development (CC BY)

Jennifer Paris, Antoinette Ricardo, Dawn Rymond & Alexa Johnson / College of the Canyons (COC) – ZTC Program /

This text is a presentation of how and why children grow, develop, and learn. We will look at how we change physically over time from conception through adolescence. We examine cognitive change, or how our ability to think and remember changes over the first 20 years or so of life. And we will look at how our emotions, psychological state, and social relationships change throughout childhood and adolescence.

Format: PDF, Word

Child Growth and Development / CC BY

Jean Zaar / College of DuPage Digital Press / 2021

This book is an adaptation of Child Growth and Development by Paris, Ricardo, Rymond, & Johnson, College of the Canyons.
Format: Pressbooks

Child Psychological Science Fall 2021 / CC BY-NC-SA

A remix of “Lifespan Development – A Psychological Perspective” by Lally and Valentine-French created by Alyson Jo Chroust for a course at East Tennessee State University.

Format: LibreTexts – PDF, Web-book

Complexities, Capacities, Communities: Changing Development Narratives in Early Childhood Education, Care and Development (CC BY-NC)

Alan Pence, Allison Benner / BC Campus

This book describes approaches to capacity promotion that respond to the complexities and possibilities of communities—at local and country levels. These initiatives challenge established developmental narratives in ECD and international development, and in so doing provide alternative ways for scholars and practitioners in ECD, education, and the broad international development field to enhance capacities

Format: Pressbooks

Early Childhood Literacy (CC BY-NC-SA)

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)

Engaging and Empowering Emergent Readers and Writers, Birth – Age 5

Format: Pressbooks

Early Childhood Policies and Systems in Eight Countries (CC BY-NC-SA)

Edited by Tony Betram & Chris Pascal /Open Springer

Findings from IEA’s Early Childhood Education Study.

Format: PDF

The ELC – An Early Childhood Learning Community at Work (CC BY-NC)

Heather Bridge, Lorraine Melita, Patricia Roiger / Open SUNY / Published 2021

The ELC professional development model was designed to improve the quality of teacher candidates’ Practicum field placements and align teaching in field placements with Learning Standards used in the teacher education program.

Format: Pressbooks

Health, Safety and Nutrition (CC BY)

Jennifer Paris / College of the Canyons (COC)/ 2021 / ZTC Program

Early childhood is a critical time in development. Many outcomes, both positive and negative, have their beginnings in these years. It is vital that children’s health and safety be protected. High-quality early care and education programs can play a valuable role in improving outcomes for children.

Format: LibreTexts – PDF, Web-book

Infant & Toddler Development  (CC BY)

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

This textbook includes chapters 1-6 from “Understanding the Whole Child: Prenatal Development Through Adolescence“, then chapters 1-4 from “Observation and Assessment“, and chapters 1-2, 7, 9, and 11 from “The Role of Equity and Diversity in Early Childhood Education“.

Format: Pressbooks

Infant and Toddler Education and Care (CC BY-NC-SA)

Susan Eliason / Bridgewater State University

An introduction to the field of infant and toddler childcare. Through reading the materials in the book and by participating in activities you can expect to explore research-based child learning and development; developmentally appropriate activities using a strength based approach; quality caregiving routines; and environmental influences on growth and development.

Format: LibreTexts – PDF, Web-book

Introduction to Childhood Studies (CC BY-NC-SA)

Susan Eliason / Bridgewater State University

Introduction to key concepts in the study of childhood from multidisciplinary perspectives. It examines the historical and socio-cultural constructions of “the child” and childhood, exploring topics such as child development, cultural notions of adolescence, children as social agents, children’s rights and challenges facing children in both local and global contexts.

Format: LibreTexts – PDF, Web-book

Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education (CC BY)

Jennifer Paris & Kristin Beeve / College of the Canyons (COC) – ZTC Program

Learn how to effectively plan curriculum for young children.

Format: LibreTexts – PDF, Web-book

Introduction to Early Childhood [section] (CC BY)

Lumen Learning
Chapter 2 in Lifespan Development
Growth and development through the lifespan including physical, social, cognitive and neurological development.

Format: Pressbooks Compatible

NEW – Leadership in Early Care and Education / CC BY-NC-SA

Tammy Marino, Maidie Rosengarden, Sally Gunyon,  and Taya Noland / Open Oregon / Published 2022

Modules contained in the Textbook are also published as separate Pressbook Books

Lifespan Development / CC BY

Lumen Learning
Format: Published on NSCC Pressbooks

Mathematics Methods for Early Childhood (CC BY)

Most people agree that early childhood includes the period from infancy until eight years of age, characterized by rapid and complex growth in physical, cognitive, and social domains. Math skills must be taught in early childhood. Children should be provided a foundation to succeed in elementary school and beyond. Teachers should focus lessons in early childhood around the basic skills that will help to advance future mathematics. From preschool to the end of elementary school, children are setting the foundation for future life skills.

Format: Pressbooks

Music and the Child   (CC BY-NC-SA)

Natalie Sarrazin / Milne Open Textbooks

This book explores a holistic, artistic, and integrated approach to understanding the developmental connections between music and children. This book guides professionals to work through music, harnessing the processes that underlie music learning, and outlining developmentally appropriate methods to understand the role of music in children’s lives through play, games, creativity, and movement.

Format: Pressbooks

Music for the Young Child (CC BY-NC-SA)

From Hostos Community College, this book takes a holistic approach to the study of music, drawing from diverse fields such as music education, ethnomusicology, sociology, and cognitive sciences. The book takes into account many different perspectives on a child’s development rather than approaching it by focusing on only one subject.

Format: Web, PDF

Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education (CC BY)

Gina Peterson and Emily Elam  / College of the Canyons (COC) – ZTC Program

A textbook that discusses observation and assessment in the context of early childhood education.

Format: PDF, Word

Outdoor Play Resource Guide: ECE (CC BY-SA)

Mohawk College

A compilation of current literature that captures the importance and benefits of outdoor, nature-based play in early childhood education programming, and highlights the role of risky play in children’s development.

Format: Pressbooks

Parenting and Family Diversity Issues (CC BY-NC-SA)

This book has been created for students and all individuals who work with children and families (e.g., educators, parents, caregivers, direct support workers, etc.) in diverse contexts.  It is imperative to understand how and what factors may influence child outcomes across the lifespan. Therefore, key concepts related to parenting, child-rearing, care-giving, and parenting education are outlined in this textbook to provide historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives across vast settings and developmental domains.

Format: Pressbooks

Play Responsive Teaching in Early Childhood Education (CC BY-NC-SA)

Edited by Marilyn Fleer & Ingrid Pramling/ Springer Open

Provides an international perspective on early childhood education and examines how learning is organized across a range of cultures, particularly
Indigenous communities.

Format: PDF

Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (CC BY)

College of the Canyons (COC) – ZTC Program

Format: LibreTexts – PDF, Web-book

Reflective Practice in Early Years Education / CC BY-NC-SA

By Sheryl Third, Fanshawe College

Reflective practice as a required disposition for early years educators. The history, the tools, skill and disposition are examined in one resource.

Format: Pressbooks


The Role of Equity and Diversity on Early Childhood Education (CC BY)

 by Krischa Esquivel, Emily Elam, Jennifer Paris, and Maricela Tafoya / College of the Canyons – ZTC Program

Textbook discusses equity and diversity in the context of early childhood education.

Format: PDF

Special Education (CC BY-NC-SA)

Hostas Community College

Format: Web-hosted, Word

Children with Special Learning Needs (CC BY)

Laura Paciorek / Miracosta College


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