Phyllis Click obtained her bachelor and master's degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in psychology and child development. Throughout a long career, she worked in various settings with children and adults. She has taught in preschools, worked in summer camps, and developed and taught in a program for autistic children. She has also worked with adults, taught college students, administered grant programs, and designed a curriculum for prospective teachers for a private college. Now retired, she has been a consultant who has helped others start or administer programs, and has published widely. Her publications include another textbook, articles in professional journals, and ancillary materials for other authors? texts. She belongs to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the California School-Age Consortium, and the Association for Childhood Education International.
Jennifer Parker is a professor teaching child development classes at Ventura College and an early childhood consultant. As a consultant, she presents workshops on early math and literacy in the community. She received her master's degree from California State University, Northridge, and has had extensive experience working with children, families, and adults. She founded a support program for parents of infants and toddlers in a developmentally appropriate environment, and has been a lead kindergarten teacher in an on-campus demonstration school where she also ran a summer camp program. She is currently the chairperson of the local Early Quality Improvement System and sits on a variety of county advisory boards. She is a consultant and collaborator with the county's state funded after-school programs, and a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the California School-Age Consortium.