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Developmentally Appropriate Practice

The skills and content of the Preschool Sequence and Teacher Handbook are based on research and developmentally appropriate practice in the education of young children. As the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) defines it, "developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) is a framework of principles and guidelines for best practice in the care and education of young children, birth through age 8. It is grounded both in the research on how young children develop and learn and in what is known about education effectiveness. The principles and guidelines outline practice that promotes young children's optimal learning and development."

A DAP icon is used throughout the Preschool Sequence and Teacher Handbook to demonstrate where developmentally appropriate practices and content are advocated.

For more on Developmentally Appropriate Practice:

  • see Copple, C., & Bredekamp, S. (2008). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs: Serving children from birth through age 8. National Association for the Education of Young Children: Washington, DC,

  • visit the NAEYC website.