Carol Copple, Sue Bredekamp, and Janet Gonzalez-Mena responded to a selection of questions and comments during an online event October 10–14, 2011. Read the questions and their responses below!
Developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) means teaching young children in ways that
- Meet children where they are, as individuals and as a group
- Support each child in attaining challenging and achievable goals that contribute to his or her ongoing development and learning
From such understanding flow guidelines to inform the practice of all early childhood teachers. That is, what teachers must do to enact DAP principles. Those guidelines define five key aspects of good teaching:
Creating a caring community of learners
Teaching to enhance development and learning
Planning appropriate curriculum
Assessing children’s development and learning
Developing reciprocal relationships with families
These five aspects of teachers’ work are closely interrelated and are integral parts of the whole that is early childhood practice.
We look forward to reading your questions and participating in this online conversation about Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8.
— Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp, with Janet Gonzalez-Mena