NAEYC: Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

NAEYC is excited to announce that the fourth edition of the Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) position statement is now available. First published nearly 40 years ago, this foundational position statement is one of five created by NAEYC in collaboration with the early childhood profession. This edition of DAP reflects new research that—more extensively than in previous editions—ensures each piece of the position statement underscores the importance of social, cultural, and historical contexts of development and elevates the need for active engagement through play, exploration, and inquiry in ways that support the whole child.

Read the DAP Position Statement