Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) is a philosophical practice that guides Early Childhood Education (ECE) teachers and professionals in the planning and implementation of instruction for young children. Using DAP, teachers follow a set of guidelines to develop and provide high-quality opportunities to young children and their families. First, ECE teachers focus on creating a community of learners by fostering a supportive and welcoming environment. Second, ECE teachers strategically plan multiple opportunities for teacher-directed and child-directed activities to scaffold learning based on the needs of each child. Third, ECE teachers plan a curriculum designed to meet the needs of the children by outlining specific goals and objectives of daily instructional activities. Fourth, ECE teachers conduct formative and authentic assessments to ensure they are meeting the needs of all children. Lastly, ECE teachers focus on creating family partnership by providing ongoing communication and support.