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1. Overview 2. Initial conditions for protostellar collapse 3. Protostellar cloud collapse 4. Protostellar collapse: observations vs. theory 5. Disk accretion 6. The disks and envelopes of T Tauri stars 7. The FU Orionis objects 8. Disk winds and magnetospheric accretion 9. Disk accretion and early stellar evolution Appendix 1. Basic hydrodynamic and MHD equations Appendix 2. Jeans masses and fragmentation Appendix 3. Basic radiative transfer List of symbols References Index.