Introduction to volume 11: early childhood education and care, and reconceptualizing play, S. Reifel. Early Childhood Education and Care: Globalization and its discontents - early childhood education in a new world order, S. Lubeck et al; Child care quality - a model for examining relevant variables, E.L. Essa, M.M. Burnham; Professional development and the quality of child care - an assessment of Pennsylvania's child care training system, J. Iutcovich et al; Professional caring as mothering, N. McBride, S. Grieshaber; The thematic unit - old hat or new shoes?, C.S. White et al; "Air is a kind of wind" - argumentation and the construction of knowledge, S. Dockett, B. Perry. Reconceptualizing Play: "We don't play that way at preschool" - the moral and ethical dimensions of controlling children's play, M.H. Brown, N.K. Freeman; The dangerously radical concept of free play, D. Kuschner; Play and diverse cultures - implications for early childhood education, J.L. Roopnarine, J.E. Johnson; Under the lens - the play-literacy relationship in theory and practice, K.A. Roskos, J.F. Christie; The play frame and the "fictional dream" - the bidirectional relationship between metaplay and story writing, J. Trawick-Smith.