Community partners work effectively with preschools to design after-school events that incorporate storytelling and other Native Indian customs. These family-focused events are foundational to enhancing learning and building family resources to support the achievement of Native American children. This article presents effective strategies and the benefits that result from focusing on building family, school, and community relationships.
Young children who are dual language learners (DLLs) and those who speak English all require high-quality experiences in Background Knowledge; Oral Language and Vocabulary; Book Knowledge and Print Concepts; Alphabet Knowledge and Early Writing; and Phonological Awareness.
Home language support is the foundation for developing English language skills. Today’s early childhood 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 children by holding high expectations and emphasizing their strengths, including cultural and linguistic strengths. We also provide children and their families with the individualized learning supports necessary to succeed in school. All early childhood program staff want to understand what young dual language learners (DLLs) need in order to thrive in Head Start and beyond. These DLL Toolkit resources give teachers, caregivers, and family services staff support to foster the learning and development of young children.
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Every Head Start and Early Head Start program is required to develop a plan of action to meet desired outcomes of school readiness, family engagement, professional development), curriculum, assessment, and teaching practice. A key part of this plan is to make sure teachers, home visitors, and family child care providers intentionally support children’s progress. For this to happen, systems and services must come together as early as possible.
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Explore this in-service suite to find strategies for using materials adaptation. These strategies help to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Discover examples that illustrate what the strategies look like in the classroom.
This in-service suite offers strategies for using special equipment. These strategies help to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Discover examples that illustrate what the strategies look like in the classroom.
This in-service suite offers strategies for using invisible support. Learn how to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Also, find examples of what the strategies look like in the classroom.
Using Mariposa, Mariposa (Butterfly, Butterfly) to Promote Dialogic Reading: A Powerful Way to Encourage Language Development in One or More Languages
Dialogic reading strategies are among the most powerful techniques adults can use to promote children’s language and literacy development. Teaching teams will learn techniques for encouraging language development in one or more languages.