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2.6: Developmentally Appropriate Practice
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- Age-appropriateness – using what is known about child development and learning in general
- Individual-appropriateness – using what is known about each child as an individual to be responsive to each child
- Social- and cultural-appropriateness – using what is known about the social and cultural context in which children live
- Each child is unique and can succeed
- Learning occurs with the contexts of relationships.
- Families are children’s first and most important caregivers, teachers, and advocates.
- Children learn best when they are emotionally and physically safe and secure.
- Areas of development are integrated, and children learn many concepts and skills at the same time.
- Teaching must be intentional and focus on how children learn and grow.
- Every child has diverse strengths rooted in their family’s culture, background, language, and beliefs.