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
July 1, 2016

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12 Teacher Terms Demystified

Your child’s teacher might use language other educators understand but may be new to you. This list of commonly used early childhood terms can help you understand what the teacher means when she talks about what and how your child is learning.
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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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YC July 2016 Issue
Issue
Young Children
Vol. 71, No. 3
July 1, 2016

July 2016

21st Century Teaching and Learning
YC July 2016 Issue
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March 20, 2016

20 DAP Checklist Questions for Teachers

Adapted from an online Author Q&A with Heather Biggar Tomlinson, contributing author of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Preschoolers

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Authored by: Georgi-Ann Clarke
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YC March 2015 Issue
Issue
Young Children
Vol. 70, No. 1
March 1, 2015

March 2015

Blocks: Great Learning Tools From Infancy Through the Primary Grades
YC March 2015 Issue
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