Good programs in preschool should be individualized so that each child’s experiences match his or her developmental abilities. Developmentally appropriate programs emphasize the following:
1. Active exploration of the environment.
2. Self-directed, hands-on learning activities.
3. A balance between individual and group activities/active movement and quiet activities.
4. Positive and supportive interaction with teachers and peers.
5. Encouragement to be social, confident, and independent thinkers.