Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Fred Bartling

Second Reader

Barbara Schoenbeck


early childhood education, teacher training, child development, developmentally appropriate practices, culturally appropriate practices


The number of children enrolled in preschool programs continues to rise. Unfortunately, many programs lack in true quality and do not offer children optimal play and learning environments. Research from the past decade has given the field of early childhood education the knowledge and means to bring about needed changes, most importantly, guidelines for implementing developmentally and culturally appropriate practice. The challenge now lies in our hands. We can choose to ignore it and in turn, our nation's children, or we can choose to work toward making the necessary changes and improvements to preschool programs to ensure that children receive quality care and education in developmentally and culturally appropriate environments.


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