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The Common Core State Standards is an initiative to develop common core standards in English language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. In 2012, the National Association for the Education of Young Children recognized that the Common Core State Standards presented cause for both opportunity and concern. NAEYC offers these resources to engage in a dialogue to ensure that the Common Core standards reflect our best understanding of education in the early years. Information about the Common Core is available at the Common Core website.

 

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DAP and the Common Core State Standards: Framing the Issues

Watch NAEYC's Chief Executive Officer discuss the latest white paper.

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The Common Core in Early Education

In 2012, the National Association for the Education of Young Children recognized that the Common Core State Standards presented cause for both opportunity and concern.

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Joint Position Statement

NAEYC and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education joint statement on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (April 2010).

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Kindergartners

This resource explains DAP so teachers can apply it in their work with kindergartners. Includes articles from Young Children that provide examples of DAP.

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Authored by: Carol Copple , Derry Koralek, Kathy Charner, Sue Bredekamp
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Mathematical Structure and Error in Kindergarten

In mathematics, there are little-recognized benefit of children’s errors—errors can reveal strengths worth preserving, not just weaknesses to fix.

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Authored by: E. Paul Goldenberg, Sharon J. Miller , Cynthia J. Carter, Kristen E. Reed
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Young Children
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Snapdragons and Math: Using Creativity to Inspire, Motivate, and Engage

This article gives an example of an arts infusion lesson that embraces creativity, describes the process of implementing the lesson and the resulting understanding demonstrated by the students.

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Authored by: Tracey Hunter-Doniger
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Discovering Shapes and Space in Preschool

The following strategies and activities can help preschoolers learn to recognize and compare shapes.

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Authored by: Linda Dauksas, Jeanne White
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