Use this resource to check whether materials for children and families are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
Using Data to Support the Full and Effective Participation of Children Who Are Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and Their Families
Explore the many languages dual language learners speak in Head Start programs. Discover how children’s being bilingual supports their development, learning, and success in life.
Explore this brief to learn how home visitors can support children who are learning more than one language. Find out how a solid foundation in a child’s home language is key to later language success.
A Guide to the Dual Language Learners Program Assessment (DLLPA): A Coordinated Approach Across Management Systems and Program Services
Find out how to use this assessment tool to target improvements in management systems and program areas that support culturally and linguistically responsive services for all children and families.
Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) and Head Start Act Citations Referenced in the Dual Language Learners Program Assessment (DLLPA)
Review the specific Head Start Program Performance Standards that require management systems and services to ensure full and effective participation of children who are dual language learners and their families.
Learn about ways to check your program’s progress in meeting a Coordinated Approach to serving children who are dual language learners (DLLs) and their families.
School readiness and school success for children who are dual language learners are tied directly to mastery of their home language. This series of handouts is designed to provide staff and families with basic information on topics related to children learning two or more languages. They emphasize the benefits of being bilingual, the importance of maintaining home language, and the value of becoming fully bilingual. These easy-to-read resources highlight important information that every adult living or working with young dual language learners should know.
Across early childhood systems and programs, managers and staff must be prepared to enhance experiences for the growing number of young children who are learning their home languages and English.
A Head Start currently serves more than 300,000 children who are dual language learners (DLLs) in 87.4 percent of its classrooms (Office of Head Start, 2011). This document lists some reasons bilingualism is an asset to individuals, families, and our entire society.
Learn about the key components of a Planned Language Approach (PLA). Find out why it's important, who can use it and where, and how a PLA can support systems and practices.