Developmentally Appropriate Practice Position Statement
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Position Statement Revision Underway!
A revision of the Developmentally Appropriate Practice position statement is currently underway. Members of the DAP/Diversity and Equity Workgroup and the Early Learning Systems Committee are now seeking comments on the initial draft of a revised DAP 2019 position statement by July 15, 2019. Please review the statement in English or Spanish (coming soon) and submit your feedback through this survey or by emailing email@example.com. A PowerPoint that summarizes the changes is also available.
Call for editors—new edition of DAP book! Apply today.
NAEYC released a first draft of the revised DAP position statement in early June 2019. We are now in the process of developing a revised edition of the book, Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs to reflect and support the key concepts of the revised position statement. We invite those interested and qualified to shape the revised edition of this important NAEYC book, to apply to be an editor of this volume. Applications are due by August 15, 2019.
Developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) is a framework designed to promote young children’s optimal learning and development. To make decisions that reflect best practices, educators take into consideration what they know about
- Child development and learning
- Each child as an individual
- Each child’s social and cultural context
Grounded in both research on how young children develop and learn and knowledge about effective teaching, DAP is at the heart of all of NAEYC’s work and resources. Numerous books, booklets, and brochures about developmentally appropriate practice support educators and families in meeting children where they are and helping them attain challenging, achievable goals.