In this easy-to-read resource, pre- and in-service teachers get practical help for designing play-based environments that ensure effective teaching and learning while meeting national and state standards. Creating Environments for Learning presents basic information and environmental and curricular possibilities through numerous examples, photos, and videos that demonstrate early childhood theories, child development, current research, and curriculum standards and outcomes in action. It emphasizes the importance of considering multiple aspects including the standards and children’s interests, developmental levels, and cultural and geographic backgrounds. The new edition includes expanded information on diversity, early childhood theories, working in K- through third-grade settings, and 21st century learning initiatives that allow students to be better prepared for early childhood settings. The most current information on research, curriculum standards, and play-based learning, plus numerous examples and over 140 color photos make this resource practical, interesting and understandable for future and practicing teachers in family childcare homes, childcare centers, preschools, and elementary schools. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video and assessments.