Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Preschool

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In this face-to-face 2-part module series, we will discuss the updated research from NAEYC’s newest DAP Statement. We will become familiar with the principles, guidelines, and considerations of DAP. Learn how to build a developmentally appropriate classroom for preschoolers and what changes to make in our environments. Also, answer the questions of ‘Is circle time developmentally appropriate?’ and ‘How important is play?’.

The proof of learning will be a one-hour TA visit about implementing DAP in your classroom.


1.2 a. Understands developmental sequences and milestones
f. Spends time in thoughtful preparation before implementing experiences and interventions
2.1 d. Recognizes and acknowledges that culture, language, socioeconomic factors, support systems, and special needs may influence how families nurture their children
3.1  h. Shares and applies current theory, research, and policy on assessment through developmentally appropriate methods 
4.5 b. Uses curriculum

-as a flexible framework for planning how to meet children’s learning and developmental goals
-to promote social interaction, child-directed learning, play, and creative expression
-to plan engaging experiences to help children achieve curriculum goals

4.6 m. Selects and uses technology and media tools that have a clearly defined purpose and connection to the curriculum; promotes interaction, communication, and collaboration; and is developmentally appropriate
6.6 a. Recognizes the field of early childhood as a profession




Additional Information

Module 1

  1. Welcome/Objectives/Icebreaker
  2. What’s the difference?
  3. Purpose of DAP
  4. NAEYC Foundational Documents
  5. What is DAP?
  6. Importance of a relationship
  7. Three Core Considerations to inform decision making
  8. Nine Principles of Child Development and Learning
  9. Six Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice in action
  10. Questions/comments

Module 2

  1. Welcome/Objectives
  2. Sort the Synapses Game
  3. Review 3 Core Considerations/9 Principles/6 Guidelines for Practice
  4. The Power of Playful Learning
  5. Questions to consider if activities are DAP
  6. Activity-Is it Developmentally Appropriate?
  7. Connecting areas of development to DAP
  8. What you will see in a developmentally appropriate classroom
  9. Video
  10. Twelve things you can start tomorrow to make classroom developmentally appropriate
  11. Ten effective DAP teaching strategies
  12. Importance of a relationship
  13. Questions/comments
  14. Sign up for TA.
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