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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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DAP: Defining Developmentally Appropriate Practice

NAEYC defines “developmentally appropriate practice” as methods that promote each child’s optimal development and learning through a strengths-based, play-based approach to joyful, engaged learning.
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