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Finding Honor in Daily Tasks
April 19, 2022
What its children become, that will the community become.
-Suzanne La Follette

“Imagine the difference between the early childhood teacher who treats care as drudgery – and the one who treats care as education and honors care as an intellectual exchange.”

So writes Carol Garboden Murray in her popular and important book, Illuminating Care: The Pedagogy of Care in Early Childhood Communities. She explains how daily care tasks (diapering, dressing, eating together…) are often mistakenly devalued, but should be honored:

“Care is the making of humans. Care is the first lesson of love, connection and dependency. Care rituals demonstrate quintessential whole person learning – the integration of mind, body, heart and soul. Care is the origin story we all share.”





Illuminating Care:
The Pedagogy and Practice of Care in
Early Childhood Communities

This best-selling book is back in stock!

Illuminating Care: The Pedagogy and Practice of Care in Early Childhood Communities is a powerful exploration of caregiving as a vital component of education and child development and a crucial building block of human community and society.

Carol Garboden Murray meaningfully invites educators, parents and caregivers to experience the essential strength and value of their care for young children, the artistry and integrity of it, in the routines of daily life.


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Vicky Sanchez · April 19, 2022
CC Head Start/EHs
Denver, Colorado, United States


What did the teacher do to help Charlie?



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