Based on field trials with over 2,000 students and 215 educators, this one-of-a-kind resource presents all the background knowledge and skills needed to effectively use service learning in preK and primary classrooms. Rich in both theory and practice, the book reflects the tenets of the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) developmentally appropriate practices (DAP), combining community service with differentiated curriculum-based learning to meet the academic and social needs of young children in meaningful ways. Sample lesson plans are based on tested classroom projects and correlated to national service learning, Head Start, and core content standards. It includes dozens of ready-to-use templates for lesson planning, surveying, assessment, evaluation, permissions, and documentation. An accompanying CD-ROM offers customizable versions of the book's forms along with additional sample lesson plans and a PowerPoint presentation for use in preservice and professional development.