Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

NAEYC is excited to announce that the fourth edition of the Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) position statement is now available. First published nearly 40 years ago, this foundational position statement is one of five created by NAEYC in collaboration with the early childhood profession. This edition of DAP reflects new research that—more extensively than in previous editions—ensures each piece of the position statement underscores the importance of social, cultural, and historical contexts of development and elevates the need for active engagement through play, exploration, and inquiry in ways that support the whole child.


Read the DAP Position Statement

Now Available! Download the DAP Crosswalk, a new resource for using Developmentally Appropriate Practice (3rd ed.) with NAEYC’s 2020 DAP Position Statement. This crosswalk aligns NAEYC’s fourth edition of the DAP Position Statement with the third edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice. 


What's New in DAP

NAEYC experts Susan Friedman and Alissa Mwenelupembe discuss the importance of understanding Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

Children are born eager to learn but not all settings support joyful learning. Responsive relationships are key. How educators encourage educational/social/emotional well-being is what Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) is all about. But children from under-resourced communities (many BIPOC) have less access to engaged joyful learning, contributing to the opportunity gap. Watch to learn more!

This was recorded as a pitch for an upcoming education conference with a media focus and highlights some of what’s new in the DAP position statement and upcoming book.