During the early childhood years, children navigate through a number of critical periods as they grow and develop. During this early stage of their development, they are also constantly trying to make sense of the world around them. Accordingly, it is essential that they experience quality early care and meaning learning experiences in order to help them achieve positive developmental milestones.
Traditionally, developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) have been the hallmark of many early childhood programs. The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC, 2009) position statement indicated that developmentally appropriate practices plays a fundamental role in reducing learning gaps, increasing student achievement, and establishing an improved relationship between preschool and elementary education.
Our organization is centered on advocating for quality early childhood programs that is coordinated with DAP. This approach not only supports how children grow and develop, but it is also the foundation to supporting children’s developing brains.
Children learn through social interaction while navigating the outside world, engaging in cultural experience, as well as interacting within their own everyday experiences. Hands-on project-based activities that connect children to the outside world are essential because these experiences not only help children make sense of the world around them, but they also help children make meaningful connections, while learning. These experiences support the child-centered approach to learning and promote whole child development.
The early childhood years are critical because children’s brains are still developing. Every experience causes structural changes in the brain and leaves a lasting impression. Our mission is to emphasize the importance of brain development in relation to developmentally appropriate practices, while supporting early childhood programs in their daily endeavor in meeting the developmental needs of children. We recognize and value the comprehensive work that early childhood programs carry out with children and families, and we strive to collectively collaborate with our clients, stakeholders, and the community.
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