The PLA is a comprehensive, research-based way for early education programs to ensure optimal language and literacy services for children who speak English and for those who are dual language learners.
Learn how to support children with disabilities who are also dual language learners. Explore useful screening practices and teaching strategies for classroom teachers.
Early childhood programs and staff must be prepared to enhance experiences for a growing number of young children who are learning their home languages and English. We can promote positive experiences for these dual language learners (DLLs) by holding high expectations and emphasizing their strengths, including cultural and linguistic strengths. Staff also provide children and their families with individualized learning supports necessary to succeed in school. These DLL Toolkit resources can help program directors and managers better support the learning and development of young children. Program managers and administrators can build systems and develop policies to improve practices across all service delivery areas by identifying and implementing a planned, intentional approach to language use in the classroom.
Read this guide that includes a worksheet designed for Early Head Start and Head Start teams to use. It helps ensure that their screening process provides the best possible results for all children, including DLLs.
Grounding Language Practices in Preschool Classrooms with Dual Language Learners: What Is a Planned Language Approach and Why Is It Important?
Watch this presentation about the Planned Language Approach support to planning and implementing high-quality language and early literacy services in all classrooms and for all children.
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.
Does Early Head Start Teach English to Infants and Toddlers Whose Home Language Is Not English if That Is What the Family Wants?
Explore this Early Head Start tip sheet and learn how a program is required to support the child’s overall development by respecting and supporting the home language, culture, and family composition of each child.
In this talk, learn about young children's amazing capacity to learn multiple languages. The presenter shares the basics of how children learn language, how learning multiple languages influences that process, and the cognitive benefits of bilingualism.
In this talk, learn about the importance of language and literacy development for infants. Listen as the presenter shares information about topics such as key stages in language development and how social interactions support language growth.
Head Start’s commitment to providing children with a safe, nurturing, enjoyable and secure learning environment includes an all-inclusive program of services to ensure that children are healthy and ready to learn. The varied services and experiences provided by local programs support the continuum of children’s growth and development. This video takes a look at the importance of understanding the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of hispanic children and the role that parents play. Program staff can use the examples provided in this video as they plan program services.