Developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) is a framework designed to promote young children’s optimal learning and development. Read the DAP position statement (in English, Spanish, or Mandarin), including supplements and summaries.
Reflecting NAEYC’s commitment to periodically revising and updating its core position statements, we’ve worked hard to reflect the knowledge from research and practice that has emerged over the last decade since DAP was last revised.
As China and other nations around the world move to incorporate DAP into their early education approach, NAEYC has developed customizable trainings to address the needs of ECE professionals from diverse backgrounds.
By examining the core considerations of DAP through the lens of adult learning theory, we (the article authors) created a framework for supporting early childhood professionals who are continuing their educations.
Martha Muñoz, Linda Anderson Welsh, Tina L. Chaseley