• developmentally appropriate practice: practice that builds on the typical characteristics of development of specific age groups
  • interactive media: media that facilitates active and creative use by young children and encourages social engagement with other children and adults (includes software programs, applications or “apps,” broadcast and streaming media, some children’s television programming, e-books, the Internet, and other forms of content)
  • non-interactive media: media that leads to passive viewing and over-exposure to screen time for young children; is not a substitute for interactive and engaging uses of digital media or for interactions with adults and other children (includes certain television programs, videos, DVDs, and streaming media)

Wrap Up

Now you're ready to implement the best practices you’ve learned with the children in your program. Complete the second half of the Self-Assessment to discover how much your skills may have improved.

Congratulations! Whether your progress was subtle or dramatic, you've undoubtedly increased your understanding and strengthened your skills. But this is just the beginning—there are many ways to improve and support your children’s learning experience. Look for more informative self-paced tutorials in the Professional Development section of this website.

For a summary of best practices, download the Best Practices (PDF). To see the standards this module correlates to, download the Standards (PDF).

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