DAP: Recommendations for Higher Education and Adult Development
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In addition to these recommendations, readers are encouraged to also refer to the Unifying Framework for Early Childhood Education Profession and the Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators.
A. Adopt and align coursework to the Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators, with the appropriate leveling and with emphasis on equity and diversity, as part of the overall implementation of the Unifying Framework for Early Childhood Education Profession.
B. Prepare current and prospective early childhood educators to understand and implement all components of developmentally appropriate practice and to provide equitable learning opportunities for all young children. Ensure that educators understand the systemic inequities that have limited many children’s opportunities for learning and that they are prepared to fully support the optimal development and learning of each and every child. Recruit and support teacher candidates who reflect the diversity of children and families.
C. Ensure that clinical practicums, internships, and apprenticeships for prospective educators provide experiences working in various settings (including schools, centers, and family child care homes) that serve racially, linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse groups of children across all age groups, including children with and without disabilities.
D. Ensure that faculty in higher education programs reflect the diversity of children and families and that they understand and embrace the principles and guidelines of developmentally appropriate practices.