3.0 hours

What is DAP and why should teachers be concerned about it? How you ensure that your classroom is developmentally appropriate for the children you care for?

DAP: The What, The Why, and the How


Note: Group does NOT mean that a group of people can take the course at the same time. Each person must complete the course independently in his/her own account. “Group” is a way to register someone other than yourself or to purchase more than one of the same course. See note below on registering a staff member. 

Registering a Staff Member?

If you are purchasing a course for someone other than yourself, click the group button above. After purchase, Go to the Start My Course tab and choose “Manage Group Registration.” You will find the course you purchased there and can add the staff member’s name and email address to create their account and give them immediate access to the course. 


Learn the critical features of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP). You will explore the history of DAP, why it is important, the role of the teacher, the role of play, and how programs can support families in children in promoting developmentally appropriate practice. Participants will analyze strategies within the six guiding principles of DAP to learn how to successfully implement DAP in their classrooms.

In this course, we will cover the following topics:

  • What is DAP?
  • Why is DAP Important?
  • The History of DAP
  • Your Role in DAP
  • Examples of DAP