Learning in English, Learning in Spanish: A Head Start Program Changes Its Approach

This article describes the eight-step, multi-year process the Skagit/Islands Head Start program in Washington State used to better support dual language learning in the classroom. It serves as an example to program directors and teaching teams of how inclusive classroom approaches to language learning better supports the home language of dual language learners.

 

Skagit/Islands Head Start (SIHS) in Washington State has always taken pride in its high-quality learning program. But in spring 2002, we discovered a problem: the child assessments from 13 centers serving children from birth to age 5 indicated that although Spanish-speaking 3-year-olds entered with language and literacy skills at a level similar to their English-speaking peers, a year later they were lagging behind. Full text» [PDF, 508KB]

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"Learning in English, Learning in Spanish: A Head Start Program Changes Its Approach." Young Children Journal: July 2009. National Association for the Education of Young Children. 2009. English. [PDF, 508KB].

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