|For Immediate Release: January 6, 2014||
Effective Teaching in the Kindergarten Year
NAEYC releases an essential resource for teachers of kindergartners.
WASHINGTON — The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is pleased to announce the publication of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Kindergartners.
The rising demand for high-quality early childhood programs has greatly transformed the role of kindergarten. Teachers must balance kindergartners’ varying abilities and needs while making sure that the curriculum fits appropriately between preschool and first grade.
This essential resource for teachers provides a deeper understanding of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) in kindergarten. Topics covered include:
• The main ideas of DAP
• Strategies for connecting DAP to excellent teaching in kindergarten
• An overview of kindergartners’ learning and development
• Examples of key DAP practices in kindergarten, as well as contrasting practices that are less likely to serve children well
• Connecting Common Core State Standards and DAP in kindergarten
• Eight articles from Young Children on applying DAP in the kindergarten classroom
Filled with research- and evidence-based strategies for effective practice, Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Kindergartners is a great addition to any kindergarten teacher’s collection of resources.
Editors of the new publication
Carol Copple served as a senior staff member of NAEYC, and her duties included directing the books program. With Sue Bredekamp, she coedited the 2009 publication, Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, as well as the 1997 edition. Among her other books are Growing Minds: Building Strong Cognitive Foundations in Early Childhood (NAEYC)) and Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children (NAEYC).
Sue Bredekamp is an early childhood education specialist from Washington, DC. From 1981 to 1998 she was director of accreditation and professional development for NAEYC. Sue is the primary author of the 1987 edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, and coeditor (with Carol Copple) of the 1997 and 2009 revisions. She is the author of Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation, 2nd Edition (Pearson).
Derry Koralek, chief publishing officer of NAEYC, oversees the development of all print and digital publishing, including books, brochures, periodicals, professional development guides, posters, and websites for educators and families. Derry is editor in chief of Young Children and TYC—Teaching Young Children.
Kathy Charner is editor in chief of NAEYC’s Books and Related Resources department, with responsibility for the content, management, publication, and general excellence of the books and brochures published by NAEYC. Before joining NAEYC, Kathy was editor in chief at Gryphon House for more than 20 years.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Kindergartners ($29.00; 192 pages; ISBN 978-1-938113-03-1) is available for sale from NAEYC’s Online Store. Review copies are available upon request. For desk copy requests, contact Debra Sharpe.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.