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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
July 1, 2021

Teaching and Learning with Hip-Hop Culture

Through music and language, movement, and the visual arts, rap and other elements of hip-hop culture can support preschoolers’ learning and development in all domains.

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Authored by: ​Anthony Broughton
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Instead of Discipline, Use Guidance

Using guidance instead of discipline means helping young children understand they can learn from their mistakes, and it starts with showing them how to do so.

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Authored by: ​Dan Gartrell
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Young Children
June 1, 2021

Embracing Partnerships with Informal Settings to Enhance Teaching and Learning

This article will provide research-driven, practical advice for how early childhood educators can partner with community-based organizations to utilize an integrated and developmentally appropriate approach to teaching and learning.

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Authored by: Sara L. Hartman Jennifer Hines-Bergmeier
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Young Children
June 1, 2021

What Are You Thinking? Scaffolding Thinking to Promote Learning

Classrooms that incorporate child-directed experiences offer many opportunities for children to uncover their ideas, to generate questions, and to construct their own knowledge.

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Authored by: Angela K. Salmon María Ximena Barrera
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Young Children
June 1, 2021

Member Spotlight Summer 2021

For the Summer 2021 issue of Young Children, we had a chance to reconnect with previously profiled members and to get an update on where they are in their journeys.
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Young Children
May 1, 2017

El caso de la ciencia del cerebro y el juego guiado: una historia en desarrollo

En particular, el juego libre y el juego guiado, conocidos en conjunto como aprendizaje lúdico, son herramientas pedagógicas a través de las cuales los niños pueden aprender de manera alegre y relevante.

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Authored by: Brenna Hassinger-Das Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
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Young Children
May 1, 2017

脑科学和引导式游戏的案例:正在发生的故事 The Case of Brain Science and Guided Play: A Developing Story

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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Authored by: Brenna Hassinger-Das Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2021

Solveig’s Sushi: Using Charting to Foster Social and Emotional Development

In this article, I share descriptions and examples of how to incorporate charting to foster these areas in a preschool setting, while simultaneously strengthening early language and literacy skills in a playful, engaging manner.

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Authored by: Nanci L. Red Bird
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2021

How Early Childhood Educators Can Explain Death to Children

If we help young children understand death, we help them cope with a personal loss that has already occurred or prepare them to understand and cope with a personal loss at a later time.

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Authored by: David J. Schonfeld
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Teaching Young Children
Vol. 14, No. 3
April 1, 2021

Spring 2021

Nurturing Social & Emotional Development
TYC Spring 2021 issue
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Topic Tracks

Topic tracks for the DAP Symposium
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Sessions

A preview of some of the sessions that will be presented at the DAP Symposium!
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