Childhood Best Practices

Employing developmentally appropriate practices early in a child’s life promote an optimal learning environment for young children. These practices are grounded both in research on child development and learning as well as on educational effectiveness in early care and education.

Whether or not what actually happens in the classroom is, in practice, developmentally appropriate is the result of myriad decisions at all levels, by policymakers, administrators, teachers, and families about the care and education of young children. Effective early childhood professionals draw on all of the principles of child development and learning, as well as research on effective practices.