ARTICLE 1 EARLY CHILDHOOD GIFTED EDUCATION
UlasanEarly childhood giftness education focuses on recognizing, developing, and nurturing the strengths and talents of all children age 3 through 8. Early childhood educators and family members have mutual goals to develop children's capacity and passion for learning to the fullest potential. In addition, research indicates that an interactive and responsive environment in early childhood supports both cognitive and affective growth and establishes a pattern of successful learning that can continue throughout children's lives (Clark, 2002; Smutny, 1998).
UlasanYoung children with special needs have been the focus of much attention since the passage of federal legislation, PL 99-457, in 1986. While much of this attention has been focused upon children with disabilities, young gifted children too have special needs that place them at risk for underachievement. Young gifted children have advanced understanding and/or performance in a variety of areas which require the development of a challenging curriculum and appropriate educational interventions which are still sensitive to the developmental needs of these children. It is important that we design developmentally appropriate educational practice for all children-and that includes our young gifted children, too.