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Young Children
November 18, 2020

NAEYC Governing Board and Leadership

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.
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Young Children
November 18, 2020

Haciendo Conexiones: Todos ustedes son valientes y esenciales

Mucha gente no piensa preste la debida atención a ninguno de sus muchos prioridades y llevar todo el peso de estas demandas. Les decimos a todos ustedes: son valientes. Son esencial. Y ellos no están solos.

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Authored by: Rhian Evans Allvin
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Young Children
November 18, 2020

Making Connections: You Are Courageous and Essential

Many are feeling like they are not giving their full attention to any of their many priorities, and they are carrying the weight of this entire burden on their shoulders. To all of you. You are brave. You are essential. And you are not alone.

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Authored by: Rhian Evans Allvin
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Young Children
November 18, 2020

Incorporating Knowledge from Children’s Homes and Communities: A Home-to-School Approach for Teaching STEM in Preschool

In this article, we explore a project whose goal is to use home- and community-based knowledge and concepts with which children are already familiar to introduce new topics around science and engineering in preschool.

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Authored by: Christine M. McWayne Jayanthi Mistry Sunah Hyun Virginia Diez Cynthia Parker Betty Zan Daryl Greenfield Kimberly Brenneman
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Young Children
November 18, 2020

Incorporar el conocimiento que obtienen los niños de sus hogares y comunidades: Un enfoque del hogar a la escuela para enseñar STEM en preescolar

In this article, we explore a project whose goal is to use home- and community-based knowledge and concepts with which children are already familiar to introduce new topics around science and engineering in preschool.

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Authored by: Christine M. McWayne Jayanthi Mistry Sunah Hyun Virginia Diez Cynthia Parker Betty Zan Daryl Greenfield Kimberly Brenneman
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DAP: Recommendations for Research

Much remains to be learned about how to maximize each child’s development and learning. Important areas for further research include the following topics.
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DAP: Recommendations for Policymakers

Policymakers must ensure that those working directly with children in early childhood settings have equitable, affordable access to high-quality professional preparation required to meet DAP standards.
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DAP: Defining Developmentally Appropriate Practice

NAEYC defines “developmentally appropriate practice” as methods that promote each child’s optimal development and learning through a strengths-based, play-based approach to joyful, engaged learning.
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DAP: Statement of the Position

Each and every child, birth through age 8, has the right to equitable learning opportunities—in centers, family child care homes, or schools—that fully support their optimal development and learning across all domains and content areas.
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DAP: Purpose

This position statement, one of five foundational documents developed by NAEYC in collaboration with the early childhood profession to advance high-quality early learning for all young children, defines DAP.
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

Educators who engage in developmentally appropriate practice foster young children’s joyful learning and maximize the opportunities for each and every child to achieve their full potential.
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