Partnerships was developed as a resource for students, faculty, and teachers to encourage the development of meaningful and respectful relationships with families. Over the past few years, a significant shift has taken place in the relationship between families and teachers in both early learning and school environments. Many family members have demanded a more active role in their children's care and education and have challenged the notion of "teacher-as-expert." Compelling research supports the benefits to children, educators, teachers, and families when a strong alliance among all parties is formed, and it is from this perspective that the text has been written. The fifth edition of Partnerships differs in several ways from the previous versions. As more children throughout the country enter full-day kindergarten programs, the text has been expanded to be more inclusive of primary school environments. There are more Inside Looks from educators and teachers, other professionals in the field, and ECE students themselves. Students have played a greater role in this edition by providing their insights into their experiences while in their field placements. Many experts from around the country have also shared their ideas, as well as examples of programs that have been successful in their own communities. There is no question that the impact of the Reggio Emilia approach has influenced educators around the world, and this edition continues to reflect its respect for families.