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The DAP framework is grounded both in the research on child development and learning and in knowledge about educational effectiveness and promotes young children’s optimal learning and development. 

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Young Children
March 1, 2021

NAEYC Member Spotlight: Naila Nazeer

This month's NAEYC Member Spotlight focuses on Naila Nazeer, a preschool teacher with a plan and with a steady dedication to professional development.
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Young Children
March 1, 2021

Social & Emotional Development: For Our Youngest Learners & Beyond

This issue of Young Children offers research-supported responses to these questions with a cluster of articles devoted to intentional practices that promote social and emotional development.

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Authored by: Annie Moses, Stefanie Powers, Kathy Reschke
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DAP Symposium

Join the NAEYC learning community this June as we seek to ensure all young children have access to high-quality early learning.
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January 4, 2021

Focus on DAP: Joyful Learning in a Tough Year

What does engaged joyful learning look like when many child care centers around the country are struggling, and educators, families, and children are navigating virtual school and social distancing?

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Authored by: Susan Friedman, Julia Luckenbill, Nicol Russell
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Young Children
Vol. 75, No. 5
November 18, 2020

December 2020

Knowledge-Rich Curriculum: Supporting Identity Development & Advancing Equity
The December issue of Young Children includes a cluster of articles with perspectives on enriching curriculum by connecting lessons to children's social and cultural contexts.
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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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