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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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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2019

Ask Hello. Rethinking End-of-Year Concerts

In a recent Hello discussion, a member sought input on how to handle pressure to stage elaborate end-of-year events.
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Cotrainers Dr. Nili Luo and Dr. Lea Ann Christenson with a group of teachers, directors, and investors from China
Blog
March 20, 2019

Addressing Quality and Access: China Looks towards DAP

As China and other nations around the world move to incorporate DAP into their early education approach, NAEYC has developed customizable trainings to address the needs of ECE professionals from diverse backgrounds.

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Authored by: Dakota Saunders
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Young Children
September 1, 2018

Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Adult Learners

By examining the core considerations of DAP through the lens of adult learning theory, we (the article authors) created a framework for supporting early childhood professionals who are continuing their educations.

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Authored by: Martha Muñoz, Linda Anderson Welsh, Tina L. Chaseley
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Young Children
May 1, 2018

Engaging and Enriching: The Key to Developmentally Appropriate Academic Rigor

In this article, we describe the transformation of 17 kindergarten classrooms from didactic experiences for children to rigorous and developmentally appropriate student-centered learning environments.

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Authored by: Shannon Riley-Ayers, Alexandra Figueras-Daniel
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DAP Kindergarten Book
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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 E. Copple , Derry Koralek, Kathy Charner, Sue Bredekamp
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Preschoolers
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Preschoolers

Filled with information and inspiration for applying DAP in your work with preschoolers. Also includes articles from Young Children that provide examples of DAP.

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Authored by: Carol E. Copple , Sue Bredekamp, Derry Koralek, Kathy Charner
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice Position Statement

Developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) is a framework designed to promote young children’s optimal learning and development. Read the DAP position statement (in English, Spanish, or Mandarin), including supplements and summaries.
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Infants and Toddlers
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Infants and Toddlers

Filled with information and inspiration for applying DAP in your work with infants and toddlers. Also includes articles from Young Children that provide examples of DAP.

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Authored by: Carol E. Copple , Sue Bredekamp, Kathy Charner, Derry Koralek
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