This study highlights the importance of mentorship focused on reflective practice during preservice teacher education and early years of teaching. Thoughtful reflection about teaching practices during early years of teaching is critical in preparing teachers for a child-centered curriculum. To successfully distinguish between teacher-directed and child-centered learning experiences, novice teachers require adequate understanding of child development and observations that inform planning and classroom teaching practices. This article discusses an early childhood teacher education program in Hong Kong in light of the need to broaden the scope of inquiry-based, reflective practice in ongoing teacher professional development. The author provides recommendations for successful mentorship programs and collaborations between educator preparation programs and schools.[Copyright © Routledge].