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1. The act of developing or the state of being developed, as:
a. The application of techniques or technology to the production of new goods or services.
b. The business of constructing buildings or otherwise altering land for new uses.
2. A significant event, occurrence, or change: a news story covering the latest developments in the scandal.
3. A group of dwellings built by the same contractor: bought a condo in a new development built by the river.
4. The organized activity of soliciting donations or grants; fundraising.
5. Music
a. Elaboration of a theme with rhythmic and harmonic variations.
b. The central section of a movement in sonata form, in which the theme is elaborated and explored.

de·vel′op·men′tal (-mĕn′tl) adj.
de·vel′op·men′tal·ly adv.
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Adv.1.developmentally - with respect to development; "developmentally retarded"
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Developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) is an approach to early years teaching which is designed to ensure optimum learning and development for young children.
Research in early education supports the idea of developmentally appropriate practice as reflected in instructional groupings and covered content; however, it is not yet clear if such appropriate practice and consistency in that practice can be upheld in a statewide program.
of San Francisco, helps early childhood educators understand the concept of kindergarten readiness and how to implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that encourages growth and development in all children's readiness for school.
This column contains a review of eight refereed publications that addressed the topic of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP), as that is a topic presently being discussed widely both nationally and internationally.
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