Illuminating Care

“What would our practice look like if we lifted up the daily chores of caring as honorable rituals and essential educational practices? Caring is not only a physical task—caring requires an attitude and a relationship. In routines such as washing and dressing, feeding and comforting, we transform daily rituals through care relationships into opportunities for teaching and learning. The child is learning every moment and learning the deepest lessons through the caring exchange.

The central purpose of a human community is to care for children and you are the heart and soul of that purpose.”

Carol Garboden Murray

Words from Illuminating Care: The Pedagogy and Practice of Care in Early Childhood Communities. © Exchange Press, 2021.