Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Jackie Mosqueda

Second Reader

Barbara Schoenbeck


early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practices, dramatic play


This capstone discusses the needs of both two-year-old toddlers and three-year-old preschoolers in developmentally appropriate classrooms. The capstone project aims to create guidelines for developmentally appropriate classrooms that serve children who span in age for 2 1/2-years-of-age to 3 1/2-years-of-age. The project's targeted audience includes Early Head Start teachers who have children that are two and three years of age in their classrooms and other teachers from non-profit and for-profit early childhood education programs who have multi-aged classrooms that include both two- and three- year-old children. This project is intended to create developmentally appropriate guidelines that follow the performance standards for Early Head Start, Head Start and early childhood education classrooms that are accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) serving both toddlers and preschool aged children in the same classroom.


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