Developmentally Appropriate Practice

As defined by NAEYC, 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.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice - NAEYC

Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice

DAP Frequently Asked Questions