NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. Critical Issues. Reducing the learning gap and increasing the achievement of all children. Creating improved, better connected education for preschool and elementary children.
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NAEYCDevelopmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8
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Principle #1All domains of development and learning are important and they are closely interrelated.
Principle #2Aspects of children’s learning follow well documented sequences.
Principal #3 Development and learning proceed at different rates
Principle #4 Development and learning result from interaction of biological maturation and experience
Principle #5Early experiences have a profound effects on development and learning AND optimal periods exist for certain types of development and learning.
Principle #6Development proceeds toward greater complexity, self-regulation, and symbolic or representational capacities
Principle #7 Children develop best when they have secure, consistent relationships with responsive adults and opportunities for positive relationships with peers.
Principle #8Development and learning occur in and are influenced by multiple social and cultural contexts.
Principle #9Children learn in a variety of ways: a wide range of teaching strategies and interactions are effective
Principle #10 Play is an important vehicle for developing self regulation as well as for promoting language, cognition, and social competence.
Principle #11 Development and learning advance when children are challenged to achieve at a level just beyond their current mastery, and also when they have opportunities to practice newly acquired skills.
Principle # 12Children’s experiences shape their motivation and approaches to learning, such as persistence, initiative, and flexibility; in turn, these dispositions and behaviors affect their learning and development.