For young learners of English who are speakers of other languages (ESOL), the challenges of literacy and language development are different if they are learning in an all-English environment where they need the language to function in school, or if they are in an environment where English is taught as a foreign language (EFL) in school. This position paper from the Division of Early Childhood focuses on children who speak a language other than English at home, and who are entering school environments where English is the principal medium of instruction.
Explore this News You Can Use (NYCU) that provides teachers, home visitors, and family child care providers with strategies that support children’s emerging language and literacy skills.
Learn about the Thirty Million Words Project. It is a parent-directed behavioral intervention designed to address language disparities for low-income children.