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NAEYC is a professional organization that works to promote high-quality learning for all - from birth to age 8 - by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
NAEYC believes in using sound research to determine developmentally appropriate practice (DAP). DAP means: knowing about child development and learning; knowing what is individually appropriate; and knowing what is culturally important.
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Knowing about child development, the first aspect of DAP, can be summed up with twelve key principles, such as "early experiences have profound effects on development and learning," and "children learn in a variety of ways."
Outstanding teachers translate DAP into high-quality experiences for children through: creating a caring community of learners, teaching to enhance development and learning, planning curriculum to achieve important goals, assessing children's development and learning, and establishing reciprocal relationships with families.
Teachers should also be flexible in implementing 10 great DAP teaching strategies: acknowledge, encourage, give specific feedback, model, demonstrate, create or add challenge, ask questions, give assistance, provide information, and give directions.
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