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Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children From Birth Through Age 8 (3rd ed.)

Carol Copple & Sue Bredekamp, eds.
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Bestseller! Since the first edition in 1987, NAEYC's book Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs has been an essential resource for the early child care field. Fully revised and expanded, the 2009 version comes with a supplementary CD containing readings on key topics, plus video examples showing developmentally appropriate practice in action.

Based on what the research says about development, learning, and effective practices, as well as what experience tells us about teaching intentionally, DAP articulates the principles that should guide our decision making. Chapters describe children from birth through age 8 in detail, with extensive examples of appropriate practice for infant/toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and primary levels. 


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"NAEYC could have taken the easy way out, made some cosmetic upgrades to the 1997 DAP edition, and republished it. Fortunately, the Association stayed on top of the rapidly changing body of knowledge and dug in to do the hard work. The result is a document that has the potential to be even more influential than the first two versions. That is saying a lot because the influence of NAEYC's position on developmentally appropriate practice has been immense."
— Marilyn M. Smith, Council for Professional Recognition