Developmentally Appropriate Practice

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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
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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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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