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Dual Language Learners Resources

The National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning in partnership with the Office of Head Start is celebrating the strengths of children who are dual language learners and shining a light on practices and resources to help promote and continue building on those strengths. Below you can download a zip file containing over 40 resources that National Centers have developed to support your training and professional development requirements (§98.44 Training and Professional Development). Review the list below of the included resources to share with child care providers, professional development staff, and families.

Foundational Resources to Build Awareness

  • Home Language for Success in School and Life Video
  • Multicultural Principles for Early Childhood Leaders (Available in English and Spanish)
  • Brilliantly Bilingual: Growing Up with Two Languages Webinar & Discussion Guide
  • Measuring What Children Can Do in All Languages: Developmental Assessment for Children Who Are Dual Language Learners Webinar
  • Dual Language Learners: Primed and Ready to Learn
  • Highlights of Recent Research on Teaching and Learning for Children who are Dual Language Learners

Building a Coordinated Approach

  • Standards in Action – Coordinated Approach to Supporting Dual Language Learners (Available in English and Spanish)
  • Dual Language Learners Program Assessment
  • Planned Language Approach (PLA) (Available in English and Spanish)
  • Supporting Diverse Populations Within the Early Childhood Workforce

Improving Classroom and In-Home Practices

  • Dual Language Learners T/TA Resource Guide for Child Care
  • A Leader’s Implementation Manual: Classroom Language Models
  • Screening Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start: A Guide for Program Leaders
  • Joan Talks about the Big 5
  • Code Switching – Why It Matters and How to Respond (Available in English and Spanish)
  • Supporting Children Who Are Dual Language Learners with Disabilities or Suspected Delays Webinar
  • Dual Language Learners: Considerations and Strategies for Home Visitors (Available in English and Spanish)
  • Connecting Research to Practice: Tips For Working with Infants, Toddlers and Their Families
  • Gathering and Using Language Information that Families Share
  • The Importance of Home Language Series (Available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Russian)
  • Ways to Use Cultural Backgrounders (Available in English and Spanish)
    • Bhutanese Refugee Families
    • Refugee Families from Burma
    • Refugee Families from Iraq
    • Refugee Families from Somalia
  • Building Partnership Series: Partnering with Families of Children Who Are Dual Language Learners

Download the zip file.

Publication Date: 
January 31, 2019
Resource Type: 
Other/Miscellaneous Resources
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