The mission of the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood is to develop and promote practices designed to improve educational opportunities for all young children.
- Provide collaborative services related to the education of young children, including information, consultation, staff development, training, and technical assistance.
- Produce materials that support best practices which can be used by a wide audience to support and extend young children's learning.
- Disseminate information and products generated by the Center to a wide audience.
- Serve as a resource center for a variety of topics and needs related to improving educational opportunities for all young children.
The Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood supports the recommended practices established by the National Association for the Education of Young Childrenand the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. These recommendations can be accessed at the following links:
- NAEYC Position Statement Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8
- NAEYC Position Statements
- The Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices
- Technology and Interactive Media As Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8
- Key Messages of the NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media in Early Childhood Programs
We suggest the following publications:
- Copple, C. & Bredekamp, S. (Eds.) (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
- Sandall, S., Hemmeter, M.L., Smith, B.J., & McLean, M.E. (Eds.) (2005) DEC recommended practices: A comprehensive guide for practical application in early intervention/early childhood special education. Longmont, CO: Sopris West.