Planned Language Approach

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. 

Administrators and Managers Support Dual Language Learners

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.

Culture and Language

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.

BabyTalks: Babbling Babies – Early Language Development

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.

Block Four: Meeting the Needs of Hispanic Children

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.