Historical Foundations of Early Childhood Education 
  Many programs that began in the early 20th century had a long-lasting and profound impact on the field of early childhood education as we know it today, including the kindergarten program, nursery schools, and progressive programs of education. These programs originated in different areas in response to different social circumstances and educational needs, but all share the respectful, caring attitudes towards children that were summarized by the historical figures noted on previous pages.

Froebel's Kindergarten

The Nursery School

Progressive Education

Waldorf Schools

The Montessori Method