DAP

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

A Good Primary School for Your Child

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When you need a simple tool to communicate the developmentally appropriate approach that characterizes your program, this appealing brochure comes in handy. It describes key areas of children's development, suggests the basic educational approach that helps children learn and thrive, and details what parents should look for in a primary school.

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Looking at the Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DVD)

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The basic concepts of developmentally appropriate practice aren’t difficult or arcane, but they can be understood wrongly or incompletely—and often are! This resource articulates and illustrates the core concepts in simple, memorable ways, including classroom examples and other techniques.

Based on NAEYC's book Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Children 3 to 6, by Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp, this video gives learners a brief introduction to the foundational ideas of the early childhood field. The DVD is versatile enough to be shown as part of any beginner-level discussion of DAP. Some instructors and trainers will want to show it when learners are using Developmentally Appropriate Practice (#375) or other texts.

 

Produced by RISE Learning Solutions, in collaboration with NAEYC. 41 min.

Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Children 3 to 6

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Developmentally appropriate practice is so fundamental to the early childhood field that all new educators need a sound grasp from the very start. While DAP’s basic concepts aren’t difficult or arcane, they can be understood wrongly or incompletely—and often are! This engaging little book describes the core concepts and makes them meaningful to everyday practice for preschool teachers. College instructors, directors, and trainers will find this an invaluable tool for introducing learners to the foundation of the early childhood field.

A Caring Place for Your Infant

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Updated 2009! When you need a simple tool to communicate the developmentally appropriate approach that characterizes your program, this appealing brochure comes in handy. It describes key areas of infants' development, suggests the basic educational approach that helps children learn and thrive, and details what parents should look for in an early childhood program. Also available in Spanish (#548S).

Position Statement—Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children (booklet)

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Because teachers, advocates, and parents asked for a stand-alone version of the IRA/NAEYC position statement to give to principals, school board members, and other decision makers, it is available as a 23-page booklet. 

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Infants and Toddlers

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Teachers of infants and toddlers can use this resource to learn about developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) so they can apply DAP in their work with infants and toddlers. Filled with information, practical ideas, and inspiration, this is a book that every infant and toddler teacher will want! 

Chapters include

  • What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
    Key messages of NAEYC’s position statement
  • To Be an Excellent Teacher
    Connecting DAP to excellent teaching
  • Understanding Development of Infants and Toddlers
    Overview of infants’ and toddlers’ learning and development
  • Developmentally Appropriate Examples to Consider  
    Examples of key DAP practices, as well as contrasting practices that are less likely to serve children well
  • FAQs About Developmentally Appropriate Practice
    Responses to common questions 
  • Young Children Articles
    Nine articles from Young Children that provide examples of applying developmentally appropriate practice when working with infants and toddlers

Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Kindergartners

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Exactly what you need to deepen your everyday practice in the kindergarten classroom! This book outlines the core ideas of developmentally appropriate practice, or DAP for short, as practiced in kindergarten.

This book discusses

  • The core components of DAP
  • Why play is an essential vehicle for learning during the kindergarten year
  • The five key aspects of effective teaching that enact DAP principles 
  • The most frequently asked questions about developmentally appropriate practice in kindergarten
  • An overview of learning and development for 5- and 6-year-olds

Whether you are a new or experienced kindergarten teacher, this book is for you.

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Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Infants and Toddlers

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Description:

Developmentally appropriate practice is so fundamental to the early childhood field that all new educators need a sound grasp from the very start. While DAP's basic concepts aren't difficult or arcane, they can be understood wrongly or incompletely—and often are! This engaging little book describes the core concepts and makes them meaningful to everyday practice for teachers of infants and toddlers. College instructors, directors, and trainers will find this an invaluable tool for introducing learners to the foundation of the early childhood field.

Watching, Wondering, and Learning Together: Best Practices With Infants and Toddlers (ebook)

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This NAEYC Digital Resource, Watching, Wondering, and Learning Together: Best Practices With Infants and Toddlers, covers a wide range of topics of relevance to a diverse group of readers. The articles in this collection focus on the unique characteristics and needs of infants and toddlers and the approaches to supporting their development and learning. We hope that these articles will foster individual reflection and collegial conversations in this country and around the world.  

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